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Germaine Koh: Brewing Up Conceptual Art


Vancouver-based artist Germaine Koh encourages us to consider the familiar objects, ordinary places and common processes that shape our lives.

Feature Previews

Shows to see this season Alison Norlen .............................. 18 Ian Wallace ................................. 20 Barbara Tipton ............................ 22

By Beverly Cramp



Exhibition Reviews Reviews of recent shows Karen Dugas ............................... 24 Landon Mackenzie ...................... 24 Catherine Burgess ....................... 25 Winnipeg Now............................ 25 The names of things.................... 26 Marian Penner Bancroft............... 27 Shayne Dark ................................ 28

Hunters and Shamans

Curator Darlene Coward Wight’s latest exhibition of Inuit art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery explores six decades of creative transformation.

First Impressions

Regional news and events; opinion by Jeffrey Spalding

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Fall 2012 Review


Five artists to consider now; Alberta collector Murray Quinn Erik Olson ................................... 44 Cathy Daley ................................. 44 Nancy Lowry ............................... 45 Drew Burnham............................ 46 Meghan Hildebrand .................... 46


37 Winnipeg Revisited

Just what is it that makes Canada’s coldest big city such a happening place for artists? By Richard White and Cassidy Richardson

Exposing Photography


Venues in Calgary, Banff and Canmore show a surprising range of photo-based art each February. In its ninth year, the Exposure festival continues to draw new audiences – sometimes in unorthodox ways.




Back Room

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Fine art galleries in the West British Columbia .......................... 47 Alberta ....................................... 52 Saskatchewan ............................. 61 Manitoba .................................... 63

By Monique Westra

Charles John Collings, Home in Trees, Canada, no date, watercolour on paper

In the galleries this season Andante (a walking pace) ............ 47 Richard Cole................................ 48 Maria Tratt .................................. 50 Off the Beaten Path .................... 52 Don’t Stop Me Now!................... 54 Graham Forsythe ......................... 55 Sissies and Psychopaths ............... 56 Margaret Witschl ........................ 58 The Wayward Symbionts ............. 60 Steven Ackerman ........................ 62



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from the editor Hi, my name is Portia and I'm pondering a call to Editors Anonymous. No, wait. Let’s try again. If you’re reading this note, it means Galleries West has survived. Hmm, perhaps that's not right either. But in an anorexic publishing world, surely survival is worth celebrating, even with dark humour. So, here it is – a new issue of Galleries West, (Ta-dah!), the little magazine that could, thanks to the steady hand of publisher Tom Tait. As I assume the editor’s job from Jill Sawyer, who has left after six years to travel and write, I can say that Galleries West not only survives but thrives with generous support from artists and galleries across the West. Still, our organization is lean – I’m in Kelowna, linked electronically to Tom, in Calgary, and to our able art director, Wendy Pease, in Toronto. Whirring like electrons are freelancers who pitch ideas and write stories. Out of this virtual workplace, the magazine emerges every four months. With its eclectic mix of articles, Galleries West tries to be a welcoming place for art of all genres and generations with smart yet accessible writing and images that intrigue and inspire. This issue’s cover story on Vancouver-based artist Germaine Koh and her take on our relationships with the natural world seems fitting for the way we live now, gazing so much into laptops we might as well wear them as hats. Also featured are stories about Winnipeg’s vibrant arts scene and Exposure, a photography festival in Calgary, Banff and Canmore that just keeps growing. Talking with artists was one of the best parts of my previous job at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, an artist-run space in Kelowna, where I was director for eight years. Before that, I spent a decade in the Ottawa bureau of The Canadian Press and five years as a reporter at the Calgary Herald. I recently completed my MFA at the University of British Columbia, an experience I jokingly compare to hurtling down rapids in a canoe without a paddle. Now, I’m here, on the shore with Galleries West, a little damp, perhaps, but ready for new adventures. I hope you find something in these pages that excites you. Now, where’s my phone?

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On the Cover: Germaine Koh, DIY Field, 2011, installation of interactive grid of 38 pedestrian-scale light posts as permanent public commission in Winnipeg’s Central Park. Photo: Leif Norman. www.gallerieswest.ca


Up front in the visual arts Great Wall of Calgary Ron Moppett’s tribute to local history

BETTER/READER, 2012, Venetian and Mexican glass mosaic tile and stone mosaic tile mounted on a concrete and steel support structure with metal flashing surround, 14' x 114'

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algary residents can't help but notice a colourful new piece of public art – an enormous mosaic of stone and glass tiles created by longtime Calgary artist Ron Moppett. The work, located on Riverfront Lane in the East Village, is 114 feet long and 14 feet high. Titled THESAMEWAYBETTER/READER, it contains more than 950,000 tiles and was completed with the help of German stained-glass experts Mayer of Munich. Moppett hopes the work's narrative structure will engage passersby. “Its five panels tell a story of a genesis of a place – a village and neighbourhood, a city and a province – all presented in a manner which is abstract, ambiguous, open, colourful and playful,” he says. The title pays tribute to the city’s redevelopment efforts as well as William Reader, one of Calgary’s first urban planners. Moppett, a senior Canadian artist, has exhibited his work widely in Canada, Europe and the United States. www.gallerieswest.ca




FIRST IMPRESSIONS Sobey goes to Quebec artist Quebec artist Raphaëlle de Groot is the winner of the 2012 Sobey Art Award, given annually to an artist under age 40. Other finalists for the $50,000 prize were Gareth Moore (West Coast and Yukon), Jason de Haan (Prairies and the North), Derek Sullivan (Ontario), and Eleanor King (Atlantic). Each finalist receives $5,000 from the Sobey Art Foundation. The curatorial committee noted de Groot often makes art outside the conventional art world, including such places as a community of nuns and a textile factory. “Through her practice, we are called on to be active witnesses, intrigued by what we see, disturbed by what we discover of ourselves and by what is revealed to us in this encounter with art and the artist in the present,” the committee said. “Her projects take the shape of actions, objects, images and documentation. De Groot’s practice explores and challenges ways in which art is created and received. Her work reinforces common values and shared human experiences.” De Groot was born in 1974 in Montreal, where she still lives and works. She holds an MFA from the Université du Québec à Montréal and has presented her work in Canada and Europe since 1997. The curatorial committee consisted of David Diviney, a curator at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax; Louise Déry, director of Galerie de l’UQAM, Université du Québec à Montréal; David Liss, artistic director of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto; Ryan Doherty, curator at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge; and Bruce Grenville, a curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The award and an accompanying exhibition are organized by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Previous winners include Daniel Young and Christian Giroux (2011), Daniel Barrow (2010), www.gallerieswest.ca

David Altmejd (2009), Tim Lee (2008), Michel de Broin (2007), Annie Pootoogook (2006), JeanPierre Gauthier (2004) and Brian Jungen (2002).

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Audain plans new museum and sculpture park in Whistler

Michael Audain

Michael Audain wants to house his art collection in a new privately financed art museum across the street from the municipal hall in Whistler, B.C. He began talks in the fall with Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden about a piece of municipal land suitable for a 2,500-square-metre museum and outdoor sculpture park. The Audain Collection, exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2011, includes a group of Emily Carr paintings as well as other West Coast art. Audain, a developer who has supported visual arts endeavors in the province for 15 years through a private foundation, has not announced a dollar figure for the project. Saskatchewan gallery receives $20-million Picasso prints The Frank and Ellen Remai Foundation has donated 405 Picasso prints worth $20 million to the Remai Art Gallery of Saskatchewan. Curator Lisa Baldissera says the editioned prints, experimental proofs and working states date from 1951 to 1966 and comprise the largest and, arguably, finest collection of Picasso linocuts in the world. The collection was assembled by Dr. Frederick Mulder, a Londonbased art dealer born in Sas-

Jasalmer, 2012, oil on canvas, 20” x 16”

Architecture of The Face February 9 – 23, 2013

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In my opinion: Do we need a National Gallery of Western Canada? By Jeffrey Spalding


n September, the Winnipeg Art Gallery announced a new partnership with the National Gallery of Canada. Stephen Borys, the spirited and talented WAG director, declared that, as a consequence, the gallery will now be able to give its public exclusive access to masterworks from the NGC collection, among them the B.C. Interior’s own Janet Cardiff’s Forty-Part Motet, and the internationally celebrated darling of the last Venice Biennale, Christian Marclay’s The Clock. It was the third such matrimonial hitching for the National Gallery in as many years. Previously, it had struck a deal to ensure an ongoing NGC outpost gallery within the Art Gallery of Alberta and, again, last summer, within Toronto’s Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art. It seems our national gallery is out looking for satellite spaces for its coastto-coast conquest. So, what’s not to like? After all, it is our national gallery, our resources, our collection, our heritage, our money – why not spread the joy nationwide? Everyone working cooperatively together. Good stuff, no? Well, yes. These are wonderful art experiences that all Canadians will find of value. Nothing not to like here. Yet, I have a question. Didn’t we already have access to the collections of the National Gallery? It used to have a national touring exhibition program available to be hosted by any public gallery. Why are communities now obliged to contractually sign up individually to confirm exclusive service agreements with our national gallery as a pre-condition to receiving loans and exhibitions from them? Don’t we all pay for the National Gallery? Is the tax revenue that supports the programs of our national gallery generated soley from the constituents of these three locales? Apparently so, as the NGC is focused on providing preferential service to its three confirmed partners. Too bad for Canadian art lovers elsewhere – your national gallery has just cut a side deal; they have cut you out. Their coolest stuff is held on reserve for their special partners. Everyone else will have to chill. The party is elsewhere. You aren’t

going to see Marclay’s The Clock. Really? And I’m still waiting for a media release from the National Gallery that announces the mother ship will host a project generated by one of their special associate institutions: The Art Gallery of Alberta, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, or the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Has the National Gallery set aside guaranteed confirmed spaces for its ‘partners’ to program some corner of its palatial ‘digs’ in Ottawa on a perpetual basis? No? Have you been to the National Gallery of Canada lately? Do you find yourself reflected in its portrait of the nation? Are the artists, views, images and issues that matter to you anywhere in evidence? I’m guessing it is still, more often than not, Algonquin Park, Automatiste fantasies and Vancouver photo-conceptualists. I’m not feeling the love. Are you? Recently, the National Gallery came West seeking financial contributions from Western Canadians to support Canada’s representation at the Venice Biennale. Likewise, the Canadian Art Foundation came a-calling on its annual search to fund “national objectives.” Many Western Canadian patriots, once again this year, graciously complied. And thanks to them. The nation’s progress depends on it. I’m just sayin’, since these visitors were in town, why didn’t they drop by for a chat and see what's on at our galleries? Perhaps, in Western Canada, we need our own version of Quebec City’s Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. The national gallery of a province – what’s up with that? Maybe it is preposterous. Yet, what the heck, just maybe Quebec has it right. Listen up. We may have great art; however, Quebec certainly seems to have the winning strategy. For 2013, I’m counting on the establishment of the National Gallery of Western Canada.

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katchewan. The Remai will be the province’s largest gallery when it opens in Saskatoon in 2015. A gallery space on the building's third floor will be dedicated to the Picasso gift. The foundation earlier donated $30 million for gallery construction and programming over 30 years. 12 Galleries West Spring 2013

Vancouver artists recognized with Mayor's Arts Awards Vancouver artists Loretta Todd and Jim Breukelman were among the winners of 2012 Mayor’s Arts Awards in Vancouver. Todd, an internationally known filmmaker and installation artist of Metis/ Cree heritage, won for film and

Artistic director of the Museum of Contemporary Art — Calgary, Jeffrey Spalding is an artist, curator, former museum director, past president of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art, and member of the Order of Canada.

new media. Breukelman, a photographer whose work is in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada, took the visual arts category. Other winners include Yvonne Wakabayashi for craft and design; the late Jerry Pethick for public art; David Diamond for community-engaged art; and

Michael Audain for philanthropy. The multidisciplinary awards, established by Vancouver city council in 2008, recognized 25 people for contributions to the city’s creative life. Winners were selected by a peer jury convened by the Alliance for Arts and Culture. www.gallerieswest.ca



New Members New Works March / April 2013 Nickle Galleries: Walter May, Pin Pine, 2008; Blake Senini, lying to this sea of milk, 2008; Shelley Ouellet, Wish You Were Here (Lake Louise), 2001; Bill Rodgers, Majolica, 2011

New exhibition space at University of Calgary Visitors are welcome to check out Nickle Galleries on the main floor of the Taylor Family Digital Library at the University of Calgary. Formerly known as The Nickle Arts Museum, the new space has three galleries that feature contemporary art as well as items from various university collections. The Nickle was founded in 1979 with a $1 million donation from businessman Samuel C. Nickle and is known for its collections of rugs and coins. Its first exhibition, We Tell Ourselves Stories, included work by John Will, Evan Penny and David Hoffos. About 13,000 people a day visit the library. Jungen represents Vancouver at the Shanghai Biennale The Vancouver Art Gallery recently presented work by Brian Jungen at the Vancouver Pavilion of the ninth Shanghai Biennale. It’s the first time the international art forum has included city pavilions. Brian Jungen, Prototype for RIGHT: TREVOR MILLS, VANCOUVER ART GALLERY ABOVE: DAVE BROWN

New Understanding #21, 2004, Nike Air Jordans

Vancouver was the only Canadian city selected. The gallery’s Daina Augaitis curated the exhibition. Jungen, one of Canada’s most acclaimed artists, is known for startling evocations of Northwest Coast native masks crafted from sports shoes and an enormous whale-like skeleton he built from plastic patio chairs. New prize for emerging artists The Hnatyshyn Foundation has created a new $5,000 prize for promising young artists. The Charles Pachter Prize for Emerging Canadian Artists will be awarded annually for three years to three artists under 30. The 2012 winners are Philip Gray, who trained under various indigenous West Coast carvers; Jordan Bennett, a Newfoundland multidisciplinary artist of Mi’kmaq descent; and Meryl McMaster, a recent graduate of OCAD University in Toronto. They were chosen by Philip Monk, director of the Art Gallery of York University and 2011 recipient of the Hnatyshyn Award for Curatorial Excellence. The foundation was established by former governor general Ramon John Hnatyshyn to promote Canadian art. Winnipeg’s new deal with National Gallery of Canada Winnipeg residents will be exposed to top work from the National Gallery of Canada as the institution launches a three-year partnership with the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The deal will see a series of exhibitions in a dedi-


Buffalo Shaman, Shona Rae


Impermanence Val Solash February 8 - 18, 2013 In conjunction with Tennessee William's Summer and Smoke Impermanence #2, Val Solash


The Artist's Lens February 2013

Red Alert for the Castle River: Celebration by Barbara Amos

MEMBERSHIP The ASA is currently accepting applications for full membership. Deadline for this year’s jurying is Friday, March 1, 2013. Please visit our website for information and application forms:

www.artists-society.ab.ca. The ASA and Lougheed House gratefully acknowledge their funding partners and the support of the Government of Alberta’s ‘Community Spirit Donation Program‘

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Shaun Mayberry, of Mayberry Fine Art, speaks with collectors at Art Toronto

The West at Art Toronto By Murray Whyte

he 2012 version of Art Toronto – or, the event previously known as the Toronto International Art Fair, if you prefer – featured some 130 galleries from 23 countries. For a relatively modest fair, that’s something to trumpet, and they did. More importantly, maybe, from the Canadian point of view, was the breadth of buy-in by dealers from outside the hitherto density of Toronto and Montreal. Wandering the aisles, Western galleries were everywhere and of all sorts, from perennial attendees like Calgary’s TrépanierBaer, with its display of creepily enthralling Evan Penny sculptures and works by Ron Moppett, to plucky newcomers like Pegasus from, of all places, Salt Spring Island, with pretty but not captivating folksy work – images of seashells and islands, along with Haida carvings. You can read the tea leaves any way you like, but the preliminary impression one gets is the slow adoption of the initial idea of a bona fide national marketplace where dealers and collectors from across the country could gather for a one-stop shopping experience. From the first fair in 2000, aisles, typically, were filled with a welter of Toronto-based dealers, a smattering of Montrealers and the odd stray from New York or London. National representation was, for many years, more hope than reality. But last October, even with the notable absence of such heavy hitters as Catriona Jeffries, the Western presence was fully felt. Let’s not call it a level playing field just yet. One of the conventions of the fair, never officially adopted but typically observed, is the cated space. Janet Cardiff’s sound sculpture, Forty-Part Motet, is on display from Feb. 1 to April 28. Louise Bourgeois 1911 - 2010 begins a summer run in May and Christian Marclay’s, The Clock, a compilation of thousands of film clips referring to time, shows in the fall. It’s the third such partnership 14 Galleries West Spring 2013

for the National Gallery, which has similar deals with the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art in Toronto and the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton. The Alberta partnership was recently extended until 2015. People on the move: ■ Former Artspeak and Power Plant curator Melanie O’Brian is www.gallerieswest.ca






MARION NICOLL: A RETROSPECTIVE 25 January – 27 April 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday 31 January, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

TOP: Robert Rauschenberg, BMW Art Car, ABOVE: Work by artist Brian Howell, represented by Vancouver's Winsor Gallery

strange virtual border that bisects the Toronto Convention Centre, with the “serious” galleries to the west, and the decorative, the diminutive and the resellers to the east. But, still, it’s a start. One eastern exile, and unjustly so, was Saskatoon’s Darrell Bell, with arresting work by such artists as Clint Neufeld, Adrian Stimson and Wally Dion, among others. Front and centre, one of Neufeld’s porcelain-cast industrial engines in high-gloss mint green rested on a velvet divan. It was hard to miss and even harder to walk by, and if there’s another point to dragging your wares halfway across the country, I don’t know what it is. He made an impact. Back across the border in the western end of the building, one could find Calgary’s Paul Kuhn, with pieces by Guido Molinari and Jean McEwen, and Vancouver’s Jennifer Kostuik, most notably with remarkable photographs by David Burdeny (who also showed up in the booth of Calgary’s Herringer Kiss). Equinox, the venerable Vancouver dealer, was well represented with an assortment of work by artists like Jean-Paul Riopelle, Fred Herzog and Ben Reeves. Also present were the inevitable big-name resellers like Winnipeg’s Loch Gallery, with its major statement, a $45,000 bronze-cast wolf by Peter Sawatzky, poking into the centre aisle. Leave it to David Loch to be bold on hostile ground. But if the trend holds, Art Toronto, with its evolving, pan-Canadian content might soon be looking for another new moniker. Art Canada, anyone? Works for me. the new director of art galleries at Simon Fraser University. She replaces outgoing director Bill Jeffries. ■ Donna Livingstone has been appointed interim president and chief executive officer at the Glenbow Museum. Livingstone, a former Glenbow vice-president, is on leave from www.gallerieswest.ca

the University of Calgary. She replaces Kirstin Evenden, who spent 19 years at the institution, including four as president. ■ Michelle Jacques is the new chief curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. She had been acting curator of Canadian art at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.

Marion Nicoll Journey to the Mountains, 1968–1969. Oil on Canvas. Collection of Nickle Galleries.

Organized by Nickle Galleries, co-curated by Ann Davis and Elizabeth Herbert.


Opening Reception Friday 8 February, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Tintagel, Cornwall, U.K., Dec. 24, 1984. Silver-gelatin print from retouched negative. Photo courtesy of Arthur Nishimura

Organized by Nickle Galleries, curated by Christine Sowiak with catalogue essay by Edward Cavell.

Taylor Family Digital Library - University of Calgary 410 University Court N.W.

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ARTBooks Chronicles of Form and Place: Works on Paper byy ster Takao Tanabe, Burnaby Art Gallery / McMaster Museum of Art, 2012 Senior British Columbia artist Takao Tanabe is best rly known for his paintings, which range from early cent experiments with abstract expressionism to recent pe. large-scale portrayals of the Canadian landscape. But he has also created many drawings, prints and watercolours on paper. These works, at thee core of this 104-page hardcover book, offer fresh insight into the trajectories off Tanabe’s painting practice. Denise Leclerc, a former curator at the National Gallery of Canada, in one of three essays, suggests the two directions of Tanabe’s oeuvre fused over time. She says a common thread between Tanabe’s abstraction and realism is “a poetic affinity” that can be seen in the delicate brush strokes, elegant line and subtle atmospheres of his works on paper. Other essays are provided by Ihor cHolubizky, senior curator at the Mcn, Master Museum of Art in Hamilton, hee and Darrin J. Martens, curator of the Burnaby Art Gallery. Tanabe, born ntt in 1926 in Prince Rupert, B.C., spent his teens in a Japanese-Canadian d internment camp during the Second nWorld War, and later studied in Winn. nipeg, New York, London and Japan. ally, Exhibited and collected internationally, n he still maintains a studio practice in his home in Parksville on Vancouverr Island. The book is based on a retrospective exhibition with upcoming tour stops at two B.C. venues, the Nanaimo Art Gallery and The Reach, in Abbotsford. iverRita McKeough: The Lion’s Share, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, 2012 t with ith a soundtrack dt k off a lion li A bizarre mock restaurant – complete eating – is the subject of this saucy little book about Calgarybased artist Rita McKeough’s recent exhibition at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery. “McKeough describes the installation as a 3D-version of a Looney Tunes restaurant in which things have gone terribly awry,” gallery director Josephine Mills writes in the introductory essay. The culmination of a recent series of exhibitions dealing with food, it featured table settings with motorized spears that frantically stabbed at hotdogs, glasses of milk with their own tongues, and a kitchen floor littered with hundreds of egg shells. 16 Galleries West Spring 2013

T 64-page book includes photoThe gr graphs of McKeough, dressed in a chef’s co and hat, herding hotdogs toward coat f a faux-feedlot at the opening reception. Mc McKeough’s work offers a light-hearted ent to current debates about eating entry anim and the safety of the industrial animals food system. A second essay by Elizabeth Diggo a graduate student at Queen’s Diggon, Unive University in Kingston, Ont., notes the artti t artist’s efforts to reframe conventional un nd understandings, not just of food, but the exh h exhibition space. “McKeough’s reconggu figuration of the gallery into a diner su ub subverts the traditional ideology of the arrt museum and opens the space up for art di d dialogue.” McKeough, a 2009 winner of th Governor General’s Award in Visual the an Media Arts, has exhibited as an and in interdisciplinary artist for 30 years and is an instructor at the Alberta College o Art and Design. of G George Littlechild: The Spirit Giggles W Within, Heritage House, 2012 Colourful mixed-media works that feature buffalo, teepees and the like are the stars of this 175-page hardcover book. Each image is accompanied by an explanatory note. For instance, Woman, Thunder Bird, C Clear Cut, which is pictured on the bo book’s cover, pays tribute to the land. “I pa painted Mother Earth as a woman with ap painted face standing by a clear-cut, in h hope that we will change and take only what we need and stop abusing our home home, sacred Mother Earth,” notes George Littlec Littlechild. Son of a Plains Cree woman and a Celti Celtic father, Littlechild was raised by a foster ffamily in Edmonton as part of the socalled Si Sixties Scoop, which saw many aboriginal child children placed in homes outside their commun communities. In the book’s foreword, curator R t th Ryan Ri Rice notes thatt artt h helped Littlechild deal with his alienation and inner turmoil. “Littlechild’s art practice helped him address loss and the emotional disruption with the intent to clear his mind and reduce his pain,” Rice writes. “His paintings have helped him to metaphorically ‘wipe away the tears’ and restore his heart to its rightful place.” Littlechild, who lives in Courtenay, B.C., studied at Red Deer College, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, and the Banff Centre. He has exhibited in galleries around the world and has written and illustrated a number of children’s books. www.gallerieswest.ca

Richmond Art Gallery

Materially speaking Jen Aitken Lou Lynn Brendan Tang Julie York April 14 - June 9, 2013

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Opening Reception: Saturday, April 13, 3-5pm

Richmond Art Gallery 7700 Minoru Gate Richmond BC V6Y 1R9 www.richmondartgallery.org phone: 604.247.8300

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SASKATCHEWAN: LUNA, January 25 to March 10, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon

Things that were, could be and are yet to be shimmer like architectural blueprints drawn in silverpoint. Alison Norlen’s wire sculptures of bridges, boardwalks, expo pavilions and amusement-park rides form a maze of shifting scale that bends time and space. Although based on real places, they are compressed into ABOVE AND BOTTOM: Luna, 2012, a dream space she describes as “plausible, but not necessarily tangible.” The exhibition’s steel, installation view title refers to Luna Park, a Coney Island amusement venue opened by Frederick Ingersoll in BELOW: Alison Norlen 1903. Although it burned in 1944, it has since been resurrected and redeveloped. Norlen is fascinated by the island’s architectural palimpsests and recalls crumbling architecture peeking through rebuilt urban environments. “The parachute drop at Coney, a favourite structure of mine, is a backdrop for a baseball diamond,” she says. “The Thunderbolt roller coaster that later became condemned and fenced off is overgrown with ivy. Incredible – the wooden manmade sculpture taken over by nature, turned into a kind of topiary.” Norlen, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, trained as a painter. But her work has taken many forms: dioramas, sculptural paintings, immersive drawings and even an autobiographical mini-golf installation. She first used wire sculpture to make maquettes to help her understand the structures she was drawing. But in recent years, her interest has shifted from drawing to sculpture, from surface to skeleton. Yet scale and visceral effects remain important. Last summer, for example, she created Beacon, a 30-foot aluminum armature that references Toronto’s lighthouse architecture from the 1800s. Norlen built the LUNA sculptures, which resemble fantastical birdcages, over the last two years using stainlesssteel wire and a specialized jewelry welder. Her ephemeral models evoke ghostly visions of Britain’s Brighton Pier, burned and tilting into the sea, Saskatoon’s decommissioned Victoria Bridge, and the Dunmore Pineapple, a Scottish folly built by the Earl of Dunmore in 1761. Some pieces are based on rides from historic Coney Island, including the spinning disc of the Steeplechase and the Loop the Loop roller coaster. Norlen’s process is rooted in research conducted in libraries and archives and during site visits. Cultural critic Robert Enright has famously described her as “a sojourner in the theme parks, mega-malls and festivals of the Americas.” And, indeed, Norlen has taken in everything from Mexico’s Day of the Dead and the Rio Carnival to monster-truck rallies. She’s also a film buff and enjoys work by classic directors such as Fassbinder and Fellini as well as pop-culture horror flicks. Childhood experiences also inform Norlen’s work. She speaks of growing up in a cabin near Kenora, Ont., decorated with a bearskin rug, a moose antler table and a zebra couch. “Fishnets hung on the ceiling with starfish and shells we found at the beach.” Norlen went on to complete a BFA at the University of Manitoba and won a graduate scholarship to Yale, graduating in 1989 with her MFA. Since then, she has exhibited widely across Canada and internationally. Her work is included in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. — Margaret Bessai 18 Galleries West Spring 2013


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IAN WALLACE At long last, one of Vancouver’s most significant and influential contemporary artists is having a major retrospective at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography spans more than four decades of an outstanding art practice with more than 200 works on two floors of the gallery. The exhibition covers many familiar themes associated with Wallace, including his role as co-founder of the Vancouver School, a group of artists that became some of Canada’s earliest and best- known photo-conceptualists. It also looks at his significance as a post-modernist who so effectively links painting and photography. As well, it focuses on Wallace’s reputation as a cool-headed intellectual inspired by the investigation of the everyday and its seemingly mundane aesthetic. All this is written about at length in an accompanying 352-page hardcover catalogue. Another reading of the exhibition shows Wallace, who has worked as an influential critic, educator and art historian, as a powerful storyteller of our time. Take, for example, his street scenes, photo-based works that almost always include a painted monochrome panel (the subject of Wallace’s Master’s thesis at UBC was Piet Mondrian). These works offer a visual narrative on life in an age of global urbanization and individual alienation. Contemporary public space is physically formed by architecture, commercial signage, paved roads and sidewalks. These elements form the outside walls, if you will, of the outdoor world. Visual cues we take for granted – whether the white parallel lines that demark crosswalks, the dashed lines of highway dividers or the glaring primary colours of commercial signs – are evident in many of Wallace’s street scenes. Wallace began capturing street vistas in 1969 and continues ABOVE: Clayoquot Protest (August 9, 1993) I-IX, to use them. For instance, three pieces done in 2011 as part of his series, At the Crosswalk, are 1993-95, photolaminate, ink monoprint, grouped in one of the show’s many galleries. acrylic on canvas, nine panels, detail In the 1980s, Wallace began a special sub-series he called My Heroes in the Street. Those BELOW LEFT: Ian Wallace with knowledge of Vancouver-based artists will recognize in Wallace’s work people such as BELOW RIGHT: At The Crosswalk VIII, 2011, Rodney Graham, Roy Arden, Ken Lum and others associated with photo-conceptualist practices, photolaminate, acrylic on canvas, particularly those of the Vancouver School. Two 1986 pieces, My Heroes in the Street (Rodney) four panels, 96.1" x 192.1" and My Heroes in the Street II, are examples. In the early 1990s, Wallace set out to create a series in the genre of historical painting – work that depicts major events of a specific time period. He could have chosen any political upheaval in the world but focused on what he knew, the Clayoquot environmental protests on B.C.’s West Coast. The exhibition includes a remarkable grouping from that decisive time when environmentalists, First Nations, loggers and corporations fought and, eventually, came to terms with each other, if only for a particular moment and set of circumstances. The painted panels in these works show the texture of plywood, an ironic statement about forestry products. A story within a story about the Clayoquot series is that Wallace’s high school English teacher appears in one of the photographs. That teacher inspired Wallace’s interest in poetry, a literary love that influences much of his picture making. Indeed, this retrospective offers many stories to consider. — Beverly Cramp

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Calgary artist Barbara Tipton approaches her work like a scientist and a historian, using a laborious process based on research and experimentation. A ceramicist for three decades, her non-functional sculptural ABOVE LEFT: Afternoon Tearoom Dance, 2011, creations – particularly her clever deconstructions of cups and saucers – engage larger art-world wheel-built earthenware, multi-fired slips, glazes and debates about the status of craft and the precious object. computer-generated ceramic decal, 7" x 2.5" x 2.5" Why cups? “It’s basic things that interest me,” says Tipton, noting that working intensively ABOVE RIGHT: Lime Shift, 2007, wheel-thrown on one theme lets her imagination wander. She experiments and alters at every phase. For ceramic altered with hand-built additions, example, she began one recent piece by tossing hunks of clay at her wheel, instead of kneading multiple firings, 7" x 2.5" x 2.5" it, and continued working intuitively until a form emerged. BELOW: Barbara Tipton Tipton is inspired by historical drawings, ceramics and churches and regularly searches the Internet for images. She delights at blue-and-white Chinese floral patterns and herbal drawings from the 16th century. She uses such illustrations to create decals that give her work unusual character. She also experiments with firing and glazes. “Post-forming is a time to fiddle with details,” says Tipton “Glazing these works has become a lengthy process of building up layers, adding imagery or further visual texture.” Tipton, who has exhibited across Canada and internationally, is working on a new series for her exhibition at the Alberta Craft Council, a non-profit service organization with an Edmonton gallery. She’s aiming to complete 20 pieces in varying sizes. In her backyard studio – at twice the size of a two-car garage, it can be best described as organized chaos – Tipton points out a piece waiting to be fired. Amid its grooves and clumps, a crack. She seems unconcerned. Flaws that render functional ceramics unusable can make her work sing. “As long as it doesn’t crack so much it completely falls apart,” she says. “There’s a lot of freedom in that.” Originally from Memphis, Tenn., Tipton earned her Master’s degree in ceramics at Ohio State University. She has lived in Calgary since 1986 and has taught at the University of Calgary and the Alberta College of Art and Design. Her work is in various public collections, including the Canada Council Art Bank, the Glenbow Museum and the San Angelo Museum of Art in Texas. It has been featured in several books, including Soda, Clay and Fire by Gail Nichols and The Ceramic Spectrum by Robin Hopper. – Heather Setka 22 Galleries West Spring 2013



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What we saw: Exhibitions in the West Karen Dugas, The Eternal Return, Multicultural Centre Public Art Gallery, Stony Plain, Alta., September 23 to October 24

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and even the superb printing indicate this is no arbitrary arrangement of bizarre objects. The Eternal Return is an intensely poetic show – even a signature work – by an experienced artist. As Dugas relates, the work was created over two years of thought and concentration. She spent long winter hours in her country home dreaming and rearranging. The result is an ordinary prairie landscape transformed through the filter of personal mythology. This is what art does best: It transports us, allowing us to view our daily, predictable world through the eyes of an artist. It turns prose into poetry and helps us dream. — Agnieszka Matejko Landon Mackenzie, Nervous Centre, September 7 to January 5, Esker Foundation, Calgary

Vancouver-based painter Landon Mackenzie’s work is diverse. The surprisingly varied look of individual pieces in this survey of two decades of abstract painting and drawing represents well her central theme of movement. Maps, charts, scans and systems bind her explorations but also liberate them. Her work is deeply physical yet intellectually observant. As Mackenzie says in a notebook entry displayed in the show, she thinks through her fingers. Her vast paintings are almost hands-on workshops that make only passing references to rational understandings. In essence, her content is visual articulation – ranging from the heavy and dense to the energetic kinesis of activated surfaces. The mind cooperates in the production of meaning, but does not control it. These are stories of the body. Although Mackenzie’s paintings are often initiated by graphic systems such as the geographic maps of her Saskatchewan series, they remain active. Circle Of Willis is one of the most restless. Its title refers to a network of arteries that supply blood to the brain, a rich opportunity for wild fiction that results in a sprawling mass of webbing, splotches, doodles and quirky marks cast over the underlying pink and viscous brain. An attempt to control this mad comedy by superimposing an emblematic motif of metaphorical order – a mesh of ladders – is a great instigation. It encourages the sensual comprehension of an intellectual concept, a stunning irony. www.gallerieswest.ca


There are two kinds of people: Those who like history, science and concrete facts and those who love myths and stories and think symbolically. While such a split into opposing camps may be simplistic, it’s rare for both perspectives to blend seamlessly. Karen Dugas conjures this merging of worldviews in The Eternal Return, as time, history, nature and anthropology encounter the mystery of a deeply felt personal mythology. Dugas’ installation offers a nearly wall-sized landscape that’s eerily familiar yet completely out of the ordinary. A horizon line of forest encircles viewers. It’s depicted in such exquisite detail that I almost felt I could bend down and pick up a stick or flower. Seasons change from wall to wall. The land is typical Alberta bush – no different from the view outside the gallery. It was photographed near Dugas’ acreage home east of Edmonton. But this familiar landscape transports viewers to a mythological world populated by almost life-sized nude females. They appear in perspective, as if encountered on a wilderness hike. At once prehistoric and fully modern, they seem to perform a ritualistic dance, one that evokes Neolithic rites or the oracular sibyls of antiquity. Staged in a contemporary setting, it’s like a dream. Time stands suspended, clocks no longer measure past and present. But this is no ordinary dream, the kind that rehashes chronologically scrambled daily events: It mythologizes them. This is a dream you might experience a few times in a lifetime, the kind that stays with you for years. Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung might have smiled and nodded with recognition. The exhibition is filled with what he termed archetypes – symbols that reappear in various cultures. For example, in the winter set of panels, Under the Spell, a woman holds a glowing egg on her outstretched hand. Is it the Hindu egg-shaped cosmos Hiranyagarbha, the so-called golden womb that floated in dark emptiness until it broke and the universe was formed? Is it the cosmic egg found in countless creation myths? Perhaps, it is the symbol of regeneration and fertility Karen Dugas with Under celebrated at Easter. The artist offers no the Spell, 2012, digital clues to unlock these symbols. And yet, the print, 70.5" x 147" encompassing scale, the careful composition

REVIEWS Neurocity (Aqua Blue) could be by a different artist, illustrating that Mackenzie’s painting is not primarily an engagement with the medium. Here, she refers to the thrust of perception broken into interactive pixilated elements. These digital components seek out the viewer. They connect rather than confound. This painting stands in contrast to the pixilated work of Gerhard Richter, for whom contestations in the medium seem primary. Mackenzie notes that she changes her lens as time and circumstances alter. In earlier work from the Saskatchewan, Athabasca and Houbart’s Hope series, canvases are saturated with histories of lost territories and colonization. A heavy mixture of grief and compromised wonder often seizes them. But 10 years later, works like Point Of Entry (Ice Tracks) have a different lens. The eye is seduced to travel through space and celebrate uncontested motion. It’s an imagined future of liberation where a dazzling orchestration of flash and colour converges at the centre of the canvas. Five large paintings have individual soundtracks by composer Dennis Burke. Heard through headphones, they trigger cinematic sensations as sound melds with visual space. Mackenzie charts the play at the heart of life where imaginative forces move in ways both coerced and untrammeled. This is engaging and generous painting that keeps our eyes open. — Thomas E. Hardy



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Catherine Burgess: Absence/Presence, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, July 14 to October 14

Winnipeg Now, Winnipeg Art Gallery, September 29 to December 30

You celebrate your 100th anniversary only once, so the Winnipeg Art Gallery capitalized on the opportunity with an edgy must-see exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Winnipeg Now. Winnipeg-based art critics Robert Enright and Meeka Walsh took a non-traditional curatorial approach by inviting 13 artists (all with some connection to Winnipeg, but not necessarily based in the city) to produce new works for what they call a state-of-the-art exhibition. Only one piece had been exhibited before, so curators had less-than-usual control over the exhibition and how it might hang together. It also was daunting for the artists, as they had to produce something they knew would be judged nationally and even internationally. Find the complete review online at www.gallerieswest.ca www.gallerieswest.ca

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Absence/Presence, the evocative subtitle of this exhibition, addresses the seven new sculptural works on display but also, on another level, the longstanding practice of this senior artist. Catherine Burgess is a veteran of the Edmonton art scene and, in a sense, a survivor of a long period when abstract metal sculpture has been â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in the face of other contemporary art developments â&#x20AC;&#x201C; largely relegated to the periphery. Nonetheless, despite the absence of wider national recognition, Burgess has maintained a committed presence with this idiom. And, once again, what is eloquently on display reminds me of her contribution. Here, the notion of presence and absence is both physical and metaphorical. Each work consists of three to five simply arranged objects, shapes or forms with an existential quality â&#x20AC;&#x201C; what is there and what is not. In Gone, for instance, one element, a rectangular box, has a metal frame but no sides to enclose it. In Echo, only half a granite sphere is present, while in Everything, two sides of a metal container are absent.


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Terry Billings, Zachari Logan and Stacia Verigin, The names of things, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, September 28 to January 6

The names of things, which brings together three Saskatoon artists working in drawing and sculpture, is a bit like a natural science museum gone quietly awry. Curator Troy Gronsdahl has created a playful exhibition permeated with subtle eeriness. Its clever design with lighting, framing devices and coloured walls works well with the artists’ imaginative constructions, humourous contradictions and curious mutations. Zachari Logan’s Eunuch Tapestry inhabits the darkest corner. Dimly lit and set against deep green walls, two pastels on black paper are hung in black frames with the viewing distance imposed by gallery rails. It requires time for the eyes to adjust, but once they do, an exotic tapestry of delicate and meticulously rendered flora and fauna begins to emerge. The larger drawing reveals a kneeling figure bent to the ground. To its right, the smaller pastel shows a lurking moose with one eye peering out from the foliage. Both figures are camouflaged, but in this scenario it appears the titular eunuch is bowing to the royal court of nature. Curiously set between the figures is a hummingbird, a symbol for love and the appreciation of beauty. Logan’s visual narrative seems a delightfully ambiguous yet eloquent response to the Western cultural construct of man versus nature. In contrast, Billings’ sculptural reliefs are delicate and vulnerable to touch, with feathers and wispy-edged paper draped down over the floor. 26 Galleries West Spring 2013

Playing with repetition and patterns, Revealed Wasp Drawings and Reassembled on black paper, detail Moult integrate natural detritus with materials such as burlap and acrylic paint. These careful arrangements of plumage and wasp paper retain an essence of their derivative forms – and even their material purposes – but transcend into poetic maps or meanderings of natural wonders. The crane feathers in Reassembled Moult are a monument to the bird’s flapping wings and tail cape. Revealed Wasp Drawings, on the other hand, subdue a swarming, potentially dangerous mass into swirling topographical drawings that trace the nesting patterns of the formidable insect. Rounding out the exhibition are the curious objects that Verigin houses within Plexiglas containers. Seemingly manufactured by nature, these sculptures slip easily between the natural and the artificial. The beauty of this work is how skilfully Verigin uses manufactured detritus to evoke organic objects that might be found in a place such as Drumheller’s Royal Tyrell Museum, with its fascinating displays of fossils, crystals and petrified wood. Her moulding with plastic, glue and sawdust is clever and mesmerizing. Polydactyl, a fish skeleton made from plastic fingers, is particularly whimsical with its playful revelation of the artist’s hand within the artifice. Other works from her Taxon Series, such as Paratypes and Lumpers & Splitters, pay homage to the scientific grouping of organisms – be they artificial or natural. This is an impressive exhibition that evokes the bonds, fears and awe we share when facing the forces and beauty of nature. The connections between works are articulate and unique. Nature is most certainly an inspiration here, but so is the world of artifice. Clever and inspiring, indeed. — Lissa Robinson Zachari Logan, Eunuch

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SPIRITLANDS: t/HERE: Marian Penner Bancroft Selected Photo Works 1975-2000, Vancouver Art Gallery, June 30 to September 30

Some years ago on a trip to France, Vancouver artist Marian Penner Bancroft wrote notes to herself about taking photographs in “the spiral of Paris,” as she described the city. One of those was: “Render a tapestry of the body and its material surround.” Such poetic musings about context – where social and material surroundings end and the body begins – provide insight into a retrospective that offers a rich and inspirational exploration of the visual markers of place. Some 50 photo-based works reflect Penner Bancroft’s output between 1975 and 2000, exploring themes related to the pull of memory and history, the interplay of sensorial experience and cultural knowledge, and the framing of perceptions within feminist and post-colonial paradigms. As Penner Bancroft said in an interview after winning last year’s Audain Prize www.gallerieswest.ca


In a similar vein, the artist renders what easily could have been threedimensional forms into flattened two-dimensional geometric shapes. Made from steel, lead or aluminum and arranged on the floor or attached to the wall, these impossibly thin elements are not just ambiguous – they defy what many would consider sculptural. Indeed, there is nothing elaborate about the objects Burgess has assembled, and while this simplicity, even purity, makes Absence/Presence easy to apprehend visually, some deeper and intangible quality connects them. Edmonton artist Blair Brennan, who wrote the exhibition essay, quotes an idea from British artist Tony Cragg that sculpture represents “a kind of thinking about materials.” Clearly, Burgess excels at this kind of thinking, displaying great sensitivity for her materials. With the exception of a few found objects, including a large silver ladle, the elements appear hand-fabricated and bear Burgess’ exquisite workmanship. The art of nuance is definitely at play in their making and placement as well as their overall balance. But as judicious and refined as all of this is, each piece also has an assertive presence and occupies the gallery with clear intent. So much so, that I wondered if less work could have been displayed. The gallery did seem a little crowded. Inviting Brennan, a younger Edmonton-based Catherine Burgess, Echo, 2012, steel multimedia artist with differand granite, 79.9" x 63" x 74" ent means and concerns than Burgess, to provide his interpretation, should be commended. This kind of reflection by a colleague is one way such writing can be more than just a routine exercise. — Mary-Beth Laviolette

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of Ukraine), home to her paternal Mennonite forebears. Penner Arms to a Civil War, 1977, 24 silver Bancroft incorporates found gelatin prints and one text panel, historical photos, including grainy 8" x 10" each images of her father, who, at nine, holds the family violin, fulfilling his responsibility to guard the instrument. In Canada, both sets of immigrants were implicated in their own uprooting of people, this time aboriginal inhabitants. Penner Bancroft uses text, maps and photos to elicit a common settler narrative. By Land and Sea is so evocative it can summon viewers’ own family stories. You don’t so much objectively look at the work as get involved with it. Penner Bancroft’s use of poetic text is evident in other pieces, such as Susan Seasons After, in which she writes on her photographs. She also uses techniques to bring images off the wall. For instance, in Mnemonicon (The Screen), she embeds photos as well as covers, pages and text from vintage books on an accordion-like wooden screen, the kind used to divide space within a room. BLIND/MAT(T)ER places photos and graphite rubbings on double-sided, freestanding ‘blackboard’ contraptions on wheels. Not only can these contraptions be moved, but their panels can be flipped over and upside down. Holding/XA: YTEM is a series of four diptychs showing various angles of a glacial erratic, a huge freestanding boulder in Mission, B.C., with sacred meaning to the region’s indigenous people, along with graphite rubbings of surfaces near her urban home. The images are mounted on pine-and-mesh frames that mimic screens used to sift soil from archeological artifacts. — Beverly Cramp Marian Penner Bancroft, from For Dennis and Susan: Running

muscles with arteries sprouting from the top. On closer inspection, they are tree roots, stripped and sanded almost beyond recognition. The exhibition catalogue explains Windfall contains roots of apple trees salvaged from an orchard destroyed in the 1950s. The visual correlation between the circulatory system of a tree and a human is remarkable. It invites contemplation of our uneasy relationship with the natural world. We are an inextricable, physical part of it, but it’s a darker and more complicated realm than we may care to consider. All the sculptures sit at the same unnerving juncture – part of the natural environment, but removed from it. Painted with intense, saturated colours and carefully lit, they are otherworldly, yet deeply familiar. They do not deal in cultural or academic references, but something more basic. Meaning is not interpreted intellectually, but felt on a physical and instinctual level. Just beyond Windfall is Critical Mass, three bright red figures, each supported by four or five spindly limbs. They are fluid creatures. One stands taller and thinner, another wider and sturdier. The third is hunched over, as if wounded or sick. At a distance from Windfall, they have a sense of community. Are they gathered in study? In worship? In fear? To one side, nine blue objects are placed on the floor in a precise grid. The label indicates that Relics is made from apple wood and paint, but the shape and texture of these materials are not readily apparent. Completely saturated with deep blue colour and lit with blue light, they seem an otherworldly substance that gleams from within, some valuable commodity carefully measured and preserved. On the far side of the room, Blizzard effectively captures energy and movement. Thin, white ironwood limbs twist from a central point. Lit from outside, the branches fade into shadow near the core, drawing the eye deeper into the vortex. The effect is like watching fireworks or driving through a snowstorm at night. Out on a Limb wriggles uncomfortably into the subconscious. It appears to emerge from within the wall, and is constructed from a tree limb sliced, then restrung to curve slightly, like a snake. Again, an instinctive response makes one wary of the form, no matter how benign. Out on a Limb (Blue), on the other hand, is a fairly straight piece of wood placed at an angle, as if to support the wall. It’s an anomaly in Dark’s world, where everything seems to be something else. Perhaps this conventional reference to timber as construction material is the artist’s way of reminding us that the natural world surrounds us as part of buildings and furniture. Critical Mass, organized by the Art Gallery of Peterborough in Ontario, is subtle and uneasy, but highly evocative. Using his experience building theatrical sets, Dark has assembled simple forms that allow myriad narratives, transforming the gallery into Shayne Dark: Critical Mass #4, a dark and elemental space where 2010; Wildfire #2, 2011, wood, myth and legend reside. paint, installation view — Jennifer McVeigh


for lifetime achievement in the visual arts: “Personal memory and social history are very interconnected – they aren’t exclusive of each other ... We are always being moved by forces so huge we can’t see them.” In By Land and Sea (Prospect and Refuge), Penner Bancroft explores some of these powerful historical forces, taking a metaphorical trip to Canada with ancestors from Europe. She includes colour images of their homelands in Scotland, where her maternal grandparents lost their farming livelihood when landowners deemed it more profitable to raise sheep instead of crops, as well as what was previously southern Russia (now part

Critical Mass: Sculpture by Shayne Dark, Glenbow Museum, July 14 to September 3

With faint echoes of historic architectural space, the entrance to Ontario artist Shayne Dark’s exhibition is marked by what almost could be a grand-scale chandelier. But this structure hangs too close to the ground, and the objects gathered on wires are not crystals, but something more ambivalent. From one angle, they are bleached skulls, making this a horrifying trophy. From another, they are human hearts – strong, rounded 28 Galleries West Spring 2013


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A pot of water doesn’t boil. Gerphone that will connect on the maine Koh is trying to make tea at Internet and feed back to the table, her new studio. She investigates and making it vibrate.” discovers the stove’s electrical eleWork that links the natural ment isn’t working. Quick as a whip, environment with some form of she swivels the stove away from the human technology is a common wall, checking to ensure the plug is thread in Koh’s work. For instance, connected. Her next move is to the in Prayers, a 1999 work that will be fuse box. Aha, the switch is off. Koh reconfigured in Kamloops, she adds flicks it on. Soon, the stove element a computer to an existing network is bright red, the water heated, and in the gallery to spy on other Self-portrait, ongoing since 1994, oil on board in layered states, the tea brewed. computers. Keystrokes from the 21.5” x 18” (composite of four previous states) It could almost be a piece of Koh’s monitored computers are translated art, befitting her long-term practice of finding poetry in the muninto Morse code and then, using a smoke machine, vented outside dane – whether the growth of our hair or the sensation of wind as the gallery as encoded smoke signals. “Prayers is making visible a we walk outdoors. Koh’s conceptual work draws attention to things kind of daily labour – the typing of emails – and broadcasting it we largely undervalue and encourages us to consider the familiar to the outside world,” says Koh. “Essentially, I’m using the smoke objects, ordinary places and common processes that shape our machine as a printer.” lives. “I’ve always, from the beginning of my practice more than 20 The piece illustrates Koh’s typical working methodology – she years ago, been concerned with everyday actions,” says Koh. “And takes a familiar object or situation and, by altering it slightly, draws how, over time, they incrementally build up to affect or shape our viewers’ attention to how they normally think about something lives.” and how that might have shifted. “I try to come up with a very Koh, who is based in Vancouver, is one of Canada’s leading elegant, minimal form that, as it unpacks and unfolds, contains mid-career artists and has an international career that has included within it reflections about social processes,” says Koh. “The piece exhibitions in Britain, Germany, Australia, China and the United ties together a whole lineage of communication technology – States. Her ongoing production of ingenious idea-based art is the smoke signals to Morse code to steam power to the telegraph to focus of an upcoming exhibition, Weather Systems, which opens digital communications.” April 6 at the Kamloops Art Gallery. The show includes a survey of Koh can trace a link between Prayers and one of her earliest major pieces from the past as well as new work. conceptual projects, Knitwork, an ongoing piece that also highlights Koh has been working on Topographic Table, a wooden model of everyday labour. Since 1992, Koh has been unravelling hundreds of the mountains on Vancouver’s North Shore in the form of a table. old sweaters and knitting the yarn into an absurdly long and conLike much of her work, it will be interactive, although she is still stantly growing object that offers a physical record of the passage of working out details. “There will be electronics in the table that will time. Another ongoing work is Self-portrait, an oil painting she first shake it – vibration sensors set off when traffic goes by or people completed in 1994 and repaints periodically on the same canvas to walk by,” she says. “Or the table could take a signal from a smart reflect her changing appearance and new aspects of her life. Each www.gallerieswest.ca

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time it is displayed, it is accompanied by documentation showing previous states. The portrait is less about creating a record of herself and more about the act of painting and the process of aging. Koh immigrated to Canada from Malaysia at age two with her parents, who were teachers, and was raised in Armstrong, B.C. She attended the University of Ottawa, earning degrees in fine arts and art history, and then completed her MFA at Hunter College in New York in 1993. She soon established an active, if peripatetic, career that saw her travel regularly to exhibitions and residencies in Canada and beyond, as well as curating and lecturing. In 2004, she was one of five finalists for the Sobey Art Award, which recognizes Canadian artists under 40. She began teaching at Emily Carr University in Vancouver a few years later. In 2010, she was honoured with a VIVA Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements by mid-career artists in British Columbia. A decade ago, Koh began a three-part series, Fair-weather forces, that explores relationships between human behaviour and natural or meteorological elements. The series, which will be brought together in one venue for the first time in Kamloops, includes wind speed, a turnstile with a built-in motor controlled by a device that monitors wind speeds outside the gallery. Essentially, the turnstile moves in relation to the wind’s power. “It is a real-time monitor of what is going on outside,” says Koh. “There’s something weird about these pieces in that they are reporting information to us that we should already know about if we have any kind of attentiveness to our environment. If it’s a blustery day, we should know that without having to see this turnstile inside spinning madly around. But the way that we live our lives is such that sometimes we don’t have the time to pay attention to outside signals.” The next piece in the series, (sun : light), undercuts the usual purpose of interior lighting. Lights are bright during the day. But as the sun goes down, they slowly fade to darkness. The final piece, (water level), features a row of stainless steel posts linked by velvet ropes, the type of structure typically used to control crowds. But here, the ropes are connected to electronic and mechanical feedback systems that relay the real-time water level of a nearby water body. Ropes rise and fall as the water rises and falls. The piece aims to draw attention to phenomena that might otherwise be unrelated – social-control systems and the unpredictable movement of natural forces. “In past times, commerce was genuinely affected by the environment, more so than now,” says Koh. “For example, if a storm came up, ships couldn’t be unloaded. I’m relating natural-system rhythms to man-made barrier systems that we are familiar with today.” Given the range of technology, you might suspect Koh is a computer geek. Not so, she insists. She learned everything from scratch, including programming and engineering electronics. “There’s something magical about soldering something together then plugging it in,” she says. “It either blows up or it works. Ultimately, I would like my work to help in a general demystification of technology. It is a huge barrier for a lot of people . . . Hopefully, my work underscores the idea that technology doesn’t have to be frightening.”

OPPOSITE TOP: Knitwork, ongoing since 1992, unravelled used garments OPPOSITE BOTTOM: Fair-weather forces (water level), 2008, stainless steel stanchions with electronic and mechanical systems moving velvet ropes up and down in relation to changing water levels reported by Internet data stream from ultrasonic sensor installed at nearby body of water ABOVE: Koh works on Topographic Table in her Vancouver studio LEFT: Fallow, 2005, soil and plants transplanted from local vacant land (this version at the Charles H. Scott Gallery in Vancouver, 2009)


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Curator Darlene Coward Wight’s basement office is an amazing place. Along with maps, books, posters and photographs, Wight is surrounded by decades of stone, bone and ivory – some of the 11,000 works in the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s remarkable collection of Inuit art. Far from the shared curatorial offices on the second floor, it’s more cabinet of curiosities than sterile cubicle. The gallery has collected Inuit art since 1957, its interest initially emerging, in part, from Winnipeg’s business connections with the Arctic. Over the years, it has amassed the world’s largest public collection of Inuit art, a vast array that’s notable for its broad geographic and chronological range. Wight, who has curated more than 70 exhibitions since she joined the gallery in 1986, recently returned from Toronto auctions and meetings with dealers and collectors about the gallery’s plans to build the Inuit Art and Learning Centre to house its growing collection. Enthused by her travels, Wight is working with an exhibition designer from the National Gallery of Canada on arrangements for a major survey exhibition, Creation and Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art, which draws on 250 pieces from the gallery’s collection to tell the story of contemporary Inuit art in Canada. The exhibition, which opens Jan. 25, explores major developments of the last six decades through sculpture, prints, drawings and textile art. Included is work by carvers such as Johnny Inukpuk, Davidialuk Alasua Amittu and Karoo Ashevak as well as graphic artists such as Jessie Oonark and Shuvinai Ashoona. The history of Inuit art exhibitions in Canada parallels the growth of public acceptance and understanding of the genre. A trajectory can be traced from early shows in the 1950s of what was then called “Eskimo” art, through exhibitions based on communities, particular artists and annual print editions as well as themes such as shamanism, and specific media such as etchings or textiles. With so many choices, how did Wight pick work for this show? She says her selections are based on detailed timelines and the availability of objects that best represent “the narrative thesis of defining moments, trends, events and institutions.” Accompanying the exhibition is a 240-page hardcover book of the same name that offers a conceptual map and a means of enterwww.gallerieswest.ca

ing the story of Inuit art. Co-published by the gallery and Douglas & McIntyre, it traces the history of the Winnipeg collection as well as the contributions of important figures such as James Houston and George Swinton, who helped bring Inuit art to public attention in the 1950s. The book, illustrated with 150 colour and archival photographs, is structured for easy skimming as well as a dedicated front-to-back reading, and includes contributions by other experts. Little is more iconic or classically Canadian than a work of Inuit art. Whether a hunter, a mother and child, or an illustration of a story from oral traditions, Inuit sculpture is an original genre. Given as a gift, it carries a message of authenticity, whether real or perceived. It can be seen as a way to depict and remember a hunting way of life or as a post-colonial footnote. Inuit art emerges out of a complex dynamic. There are multiple stakeholders, including artists, cooperatives, communities, dealers, critics, curators, art historians, anthropologists, bureaucrats and government agencies. Voice, power, economics, authenticity, meaning and the national interest are themes and emphases that continue to infuse the field. “A history of Inuit art is necessarily multifaceted, since it emerged and developed under many influences,” Wight notes in her book. “Some of these influences were financial, in the face of cultural and economic upheaval and the need to regain self-reliance; some were related to carving materials available at different times and in different places; some were the result of the introduction of art forms as diverse as drawing, printmaking, ceramics, woven tapestries, fabric collage wall hangings, and metal and jewelry arts.” Creation and Transformation coincides with the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s centenary – it is the country’s oldest public art gallery – and its campaign to build a research centre for the exhibition, storage and conservation of the Inuit collection. The new building, adjacent to the main gallery, is expected to open in 2016. Designed ABOVE: Charlie Ugyuk, Winged Shaman Drum Dancer, 1990, whale bone, antler, stone, 26.4” x 25.6” x 15.4” LEFT: Darlene Coward Wight holds her new book Galleries West Spring 2013 35

by American architect Michael Maltzan, it will connect to the gallery to form a tripartite cultural oasis, with the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art glittering on the other side. Think of it as a gallery sandwich. And, if Wight has her way, the new building will include visible storage to boost public awareness of the collection’s marvels. Wight studied art history at Carleton University in Ottawa, earning her Master’s degree in 1981. She spent five years working for Canadian Arctic Producers, the central marketing agency for Inuit-owned cooperatives in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, traveling to communities, meeting artists and advising art-making cooperatives. “People were doing bear shows and mother-and-child shows,” says Wight. “I wanted to start interviewing the artists.” Wight continued to visit the Arctic after moving to Winnipeg, her trips now too numerous to count, and spent months traveling across the North with a scaled-down version of Out of Tradition, a 1989 exhibition of carvings by Abraham Anghik and David Ruben Piqtoukun. Carvings, meant to be seen in the round from all points of view, are notoriously heavy and difficult to display. The Arctic tour featured an ingenious system of lightweight collapsible pedestals and signage that could be adapted for schools and community centres. Last year, the University of Manitoba awarded Wight an honourary doctorate in recognition of her remarkable career, noting her “inexhaustible, almost contagious passion for the subject.” Known for her uncanny ability to remember vast networks of artists across the Arctic, she has accomplished what most curators dream of – a prodigious output of significant research and fascinating exhibitions. Creation and Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art is at the Winnipeg Art Gallery from January 25 to April 14. ABOVE: Jessie Oonark, Woman, 1970, stonecut on paper, 30.7” x 21.5” RIGHT: Karoo Ashevak, Shaman, 1971, whale bone, plastic, stone, sinew, 19.6” x 10.8” x 6.1” FAR RIGHT: Qaqaq Ashoona, Taleelayuk and Serpent, 1962, stone, 8.7” x 11.6” x 2.5”

TIME LINE 1950s: Commercialism expands after a 1949 exhibition of Inuit carvings at the Canadian Handicrafts Guild in Montreal marks the start of an arts-andcrafts industry that will transform life for many Inuit. James Houston, a young artist originally from Toronto, travels in the North. 1960s: Inuit-owned cooperatives are established across the Canadian Arctic to support a growing industry that provides work for people moving into settlements. Sculpture continues to be produced and printmaking grows in importance. 1970s: A time of expansion, especially for prints and textile arts, with new printmaking projects in Baker Lake, Pangnirtung and Arctic Quebec. 1980s: Sales fall due to the global recession. The National Gallery of Canada begins collecting Inuit and other indigenous art. 1990s: Some artists start to work independently, connecting with dealers and curators through the Internet and taking advantage of improved travel. 2000s: Social, political and economic changes in the North are reflected in a new cultural momentum that includes the fast rise of artist Annie Pootoogook, winner of the Sobey Art Award in 2006. Public galleries and museums highlight their collections in large shows. Source: Creation and Transformation: Defining Moments in Inuit Art 36 Galleries West Spring 2013





BY RICHARD WHITE AND CASSIDY RICHARDSON “We’re going to Winnipeg,” was the punch line of a commercial a few years back that suggested Winnipeg was the Canadian equivalent of Siberia. But for emerging artists and curators, Winnipeg is no gulag. While young professionals gravitate to Calgary and empty nesters flock to the West Coast, creative types are taking their mojo to the ’Peg, lured by affordable studio space and the excitement of the city’s lively arts scene. Support from major arts institutions helps explain the city’s growing buzz, both nationally and internationally, but it’s not the full story. Artists and curators with a strong do-it-yourself ethos are also pitching in and working together to create new opportunities for themselves. The city’s vibrant arts community was in the spotlight last fall as the Winnipeg Art Gallery celebrated its 100th anniversary with a landmark exhibition, Winnipeg Now. The gallery, which dates back to an era when Winnipeg was one of Canada’s largest and wealthiest cities, holds over 26,000 historical and contemporary works, including the world’s largest public collection of Inuit art. Another important institution is the University of Manitoba’s School of Fine Arts, formerly the Winnipeg School of Art. The school, also marking its centenary, is like a family, where one generation of students becomes the next generation’s teachers. And while graduates may leave to pursue opportunities outside Winnipeg, they often return. For instance, 2002 graduate Sarah Anne Johnson earned her MFA at Yale. But she came home and taught for a time at the school, which recently moved into ARTlab, an impressive 70,000-square-foot building with state-of-the-art facilities for 400 students. There’s also no questioning the contributions of the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, which started as an artist-run centre in 1972. One of the first venues on the Prairies to focus on contemporary art, it has evolved into a major exhibiting gallery with an international presence that helps artists network beyond national boundaries. In celebrating its 40th anniversary last year, Plug In collaborated with two French institutions to create the My Winnipeg project in Winnipeg, Paris and Sète, a port city in the south of France. All told, the project has created opportunities for more than 100 Winnipeg artists to exhibit their work. But as important as institutional support is, Winnipeg artists are also remarkable for their can-do attitude. Wayne Baerwaldt, a former director of Plug In, says artists find ways to show their work in other cities and to attend major international events like documenta and the Venice Biennale. “The airport is like the artists’ living room as there is always someone heading to another city,” he says. “Winnipeg artists www.gallerieswest.ca

FROM TOP: Guests at One Night Stand; Osborne Village, a popular area with artists; the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Paul Butler, The Collage Party Pavilion, 2011, wood and steel, 10' x 8' x 12', (co-designed with Craig Alun Smith); ARTlab at the University of Manitoba.

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at Sarah Anne Johnson’s work, Untitled (Schooner and Fireworks), at the Winnipeg Art Gallery; viewers check out There’s No Place Like Home, part of the My Winnipeg series at the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art; street view of Plug In

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FROM TOP: Osborne Village; visitors look

understand the importance of networking nationally and internationally.” It’s also common for artists, teachers, writers and patrons to join forces to organize their own exhibitions and events. For instance, despite their busy schedules, Johnson and Meeka Walsh, editor of Border Crossings, a Winnipeg-based art magazine, found time to organize Out of Nowhere, a 2011 show of Winnipeg artists at the Julie Saul Gallery in New York. It was followed by The Undesirables, a Winnipeg exhibition by five of Johnson’s recent students. When Michael Nesbitt, an avid art collector, was told of the project’s financial challenges, he provided funding to allow the artists to produce new large-scale works without restrictions. “Seeing how hard Johnson and the artists worked to develop their ideas was inspiring and was one of my proudest initiatives,” he says. Winnipeg has a strong cohort of artist-run centres, including Urban Shaman, a leader in aboriginal programming, and various artist collectives. Such groups give emerging artists camaraderie and support as they exchange ideas and develop their practices. Two of the three artists who formed Canada’s legendary counterculture collective, General Idea, a mainstay of Toronto’s art scene from 1969 to 1994, studied at the the University of Manitoba. More recently, attention was focused on the Royal Art Lodge, known for intimate and surreal collaborative drawings that launched careers for its members. Active from 1996 to 2008, it was founded by Michael Dumontier, Marcel Dzama, Neil Farber, Drue Langlois, Jonathan Pylypchuk and Adrian Williams. Other notable Winnipeg collectives include the Student Bolsheviks, the Abzurbs and the 26ers. In Winnipeg, grassroots art parties and shows seem to pop up almost spontaneously. For instance, artist Collin Zipp recently created an exhibition model with a cheeky name: One Night Stand. The first show, which opened and closed the same night, was held in a friend’s photography studio and included work by various Winnipeg installation technicians. “Many artists, curators and art professionals flock to Winnipeg because of the city’s history of creating artwork for the sake of producing art,” says Zipp. “Artists embrace the idea of taking any opportunity to show their art. It doesn’t have to be in a traditional gallery space.” Another artist, Paul Butler, dubbed a “collage wunderkind” by the National Post, is famous for his parties. A decade ago, he started inviting friends to his studio to make collages with him. He has gone on to organize collage parties at galleries, schools and other venues across Canada, Europe and the United States. While some think Winnipeg’s long cold winters mean there is little to do but hang out making and talking art, the same could be said for Edmonton, Saskatoon or Regina. Cultural guru Marshall McLuhan, who grew up in Winnipeg and attended the University of Manitoba, thought the city’s isolation shaped its need for communication and interaction with the outside world. In many ways, Winnipeg’s arts community exemplifies both McLuhan’s concept of the “global village” and the current obsession with being connected. Will Ferguson, in his travel memoir, Beauty Tips From Moose Jaw, talks about Canada’s outpost mentality. To him, outposts are geographic, but also linguistic, political and cultural. “Canada has no single central city,” he writes. “It has scattered metropolises of various sizes, regional outposts each with their own sphere of influence. There is no London, and that is not necessarily a bad thing.” Winnipeg, an outpost for some 150 years, has developed its own culture – a synthesis of European pioneer sensibilities, aboriginal spirituality and storytelling, and the international ideologies of contemporary art. Culturally as well as geographically, Winnipeg occupies a unique space in Canada – it is where east meets west and north meets south. Far removed from other urban centres, Winnipeggers have always created their own culture. Perhaps all that’s new is that the world is starting to take notice.


ABOVE RIGHT: Heather Saitz, Au Vieux Fanal, 2012, large-format giclée print, 24" x 16" ABOVE: Craig Richards, photography curator at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, began thinking about a photography festival in 2004


Devoted to the art of photography, Exposure is a month-long festival that bursts onto the cultural scene of Calgary, Canmore and Banff each February. Photography is everywhere – in the streets and in the galleries; it is displayed, discussed and celebrated. By any measure, Exposure is an extraordinary success, attracting a growing number of viewers and participants. The ninth annual festival boasts more than 50 venues, up from eight in 2005, its inaugural year. But numbers tell only part of the story. The festival’s most resonant effect is less quantifiable – intangible and experiential, it is felt rather than measured. But if you chat with people about Exposure, expect to hear adjectives such as exciting, great, amazing and fun. It seems Exposure generates buzz as a cultural catalyst, propelling a collective creative surge that results in a dazzling array of photography exhibits and events. Organizers say Exposure is now the largest photography festival in Western Canada and is comparable only to Contact, the giant event in Toronto. But there is an important difference – Exposure brings together rural and urban communities in a cultural celebration held in venues that run the gamut from the Glenbow Museum to a hair salon in Banff. And Exposure is surprisingly inclusive, this year welcoming everyone from teenaged photographers in the Bow Valley to John Cohen, a music legend from New York who photographed fellow musicians Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and Muddy Waters. Despite its ambitious reach, Exposure is a small umbrella organization with only one part-time employee, Wes Lafortune. A congenial and effective strategist and organizer, he coordinates the festival with direction from a working board led by Peter Duthie, former owner of the Folio Gallery. Together they have attracted sponsorship in the form of partners who supply goods and services, and have garnered indispensable financial support from government and granting agencies. The festival’s genesis can be traced to 1998 when Craig Richards, photography curator at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, decided to expand a one-time, short-term project with local high school students. With the museum’s support, Richards Galleries West Spring 2013 39


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and tropes associated with stereotypical notions of the West. And at the Satellite Gallery of the Untitled Arts Society, award-winning Calgary photographer Heather Saitz looks at the mid-century motel in Rooms for Tourists, a suite of images shot over two years in five provinces. Commercial galleries are also on board. Herringer Kiss is presenting evocative photographs by Eszter Burghardt, a Canadian-Hungarian artist based in Vancouver who won the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Festival in 2010. In Banff, the beautiful black-and-

white landscapes of Tom Willock are on view at the Willock & Sax Gallery. Other notable exhibitions include a group show of Alberta photographers at the Esker Foundation; a cross-border exhibition that juxtaposes photographers from Alberta and Arizona at St. Mary’s College; and, at the U of C’s Taylor Family Digital Library, Icons of Modernist Architecture in Canada, featuring 50 archival photographs. Exposure is known for unexpected pop-up displays and events in non-conventional spaces. “When Exposure is around, beaming out its signal, people start to think that it could be kind of fun,” says Duthie. For instance, Peter Poole turns over his Juniper Hotel for a sometimes-raucous evening of artist presentations at the festival launch in Banff. This year, the hotel is also hosting an exhibition about the border between North Korea and South Korea. “It’s the kind of thing that normally would never come to the area,” says Duthie. “Exposure creates this opportunity for people to create potential.” Other unconventional venues are Exposure initiatives. They include two Light Rail Transit stations in Calgary, where a large-scale mural is mounted on a huge metal door by 3M Trimline, a striking www.gallerieswest.ca


created Through the Lens, a mentorship program that introduces photography to students from Canmore, Morley and Banff. Their four-month collaboration culminates each February with a student exhibition in the museum. Opening night has become a muchanticipated community event that attracts hundreds of people. Richards is known for his energy, contagious enthusiasm and generous spirit. His brilliant epiphany was to marry technical skills with self-worth, identity and hope. He invited famous photographers like Mary Ellen Mark, Phil Borges, Ed Burtynsky and Sylvia Plachy to speak to students and to display their work in an adjacent gallery. They also gave public lectures, inspiring people of all ages by demonstrating the potential of the art form. Richards began thinking about a photography festival in 2004. His ideas took fuller form after a sushi-fuelled conversation with Calgary photographer Dianne Bos. “The timing was right,” says Richards. “The next logical step was to go beyond Banff and Canmore to include Calgary because Calgary is a major centre . . . a festival was a continuation of what I was doing up here, but on a bigger level.” Appropriately, this year’s 15th anniversary of Through the Lens includes an exhibition at the Whyte Museum featuring past and present participants. As well, the museum is publishing a book that highlights 15 outstanding alumni, many of whom have pursued successful careers in photography. Two years ago, Richards ceded the board’s chair to Duthie, who has proven to be an indefatigable and creative leader. Duthie is greatly respected in the Alberta photography community for his role at Folio, the first commercial exhibition space in Western Canada devoted to fine art photography. Calgary photographer Arthur Nishimura says Folio, which operated from 1983 to 1995, was more than an exhibition space. “It was a crossroads, a newsroom, a sanctuary, a workshop, a classroom, a large-scale photography experiment. And it was a powerful two-way conduit of photographic sensibilities from Alberta through Folio to the world, and from the world through Folio to Alberta.” In many ways, this same description could be applied to Exposure, which emphasizes the importance of building communities, fostering creativity and raising awareness about photography. This year’s festival has a diverse and impressive repertoire. The Glenbow features an exhibition by world-famous Vancouver photographer Fred Herzog, with work drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. The recently reopened Nickle Galleries at the University of Calgary will present a retrospective of Nishimura’s 40-year career. Meanwhile, on the artist-run circuit, the AVALANCHE! Institute of Contemporary Art offers Contemporary Cowboy, a provocative look at maverick cowboy paraphernalia

example of a private-public partnership. The project foregrounds global issues with a philanthropic underpinning. This year, the featured photographer is Robert Semeniuk, known internationally for his work on poverty, addiction and displacement. Another initiative sponsored by local businesses is the 2013 Vistek Emerging Photographer Showcase. Photographs by 10 artists under the age of 30 are chosen by the public in an online vote and prominently displayed on electronic billboards provided by Pattison Outdoor, dramatically boosting the festival’s audience. This year, Exposure is also broadening its cross-disciplinary appeal with a Friday-evening photography film series at the Glenbow and a talk, exhibition and performance by Cohen, still active at 80. Founder of the New Lost City Ramblers, an influential string band, Cohen was immersed in the folk scene of the 1950s and 1960s and has presented his photographs and films worldwide at museums, galleries and film festivals. In Calgary, the National Music Centre is displaying a selection of remarkably candid shots of Cohen’s legendary musical friends. As Duthie likes to say, Exposure is “thickening the broth.” www.gallerieswest.ca

OPPOSITE: John Cohen, Bob Dylan at my loft, Third Avenue, New York City, 1962, gelatin silver print, 11" x 14" TOP: Dianne Bos, La Porte: Barn Interior, 2012, C-Print, 40" x 40" ABOVE: Edward Burtynsky discusses his work with youth participating in Through the Lens in 2009

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canvas, 24" x 20"

1962, mixed media on board, 40.6" x 56.5"

As we approached the fall auctions, I was predicting a soft market based somewhat on spring sale results. So I was surprised initially with Heffel’s results, then ecstatic, for a moment, with Joyner’s results, and shocked by Sotheby’s lack of results. It seems soft may not be the best description of what took place. Heffel: Canadian Post War & Contemporary, Fine Canadian Art The first sale opened well with Lots 1 and 2, E.J. Hughes, selling quickly to absentee bids, likely from a museum. These two drawings sold for $43,875 each, including commission. From there, things digressed somewhat, with only a few strong results. I was not overly enamored with the pieces offered. Highlights were works by Kurelek, Tanabe and Lemieux. Once again, I was puzzled by Lemieux’s results. A large, wonderful Montreal street scene (23) did not break the low end of the estimate, yet the more pleasant and quiet Les Enfants … (40) sold well over the high estimate. It seems his real people garner attention, but a happier subject is the key to a big number. Quebec abstraction suffered in this sale, with condition, quality and odd works all contributing to lower-than-expected results for the Contemporary sale. With abstract and contemporary works, it’s imperative they be visually attractive and in excellent condition as well as prime examples of the artist’s work. At the Fine Canadian sale, I had concerns about the number of resale offerings and the lack of fine provenanced work. On one hand, I was right as some resale items were of little interest to buyers. But, to my surprise, some accelerated far beyond estimates. Clearly, though, pictures with excellent provenance unseen in previous markets caused the most excitement. W.J. Phillips, the first lot, easily doubled its estimate. Lawren Harris (124) cruised over $1 million, and J.E.H. MacDonald (149, 150) set new highs with his Lake O’Hara sketches, each stretching above the high-end estimates. All these works had the appeal of being fresh to the market. A.Y. Jackson’s Radium Mine (157) did very well, finding a buyer at double the high estimate. This 42 Galleries West Spring 2013

rhythmic and colourful work illustrated that quality of image, provenance and condition make for an excellent sale. Overall, the Fine Canadian portion drove the Heffel sale over the $11-million mark, somewhat taking care of my view that the market was soft. There is no doubt, though, that fewer works with clear provenance are coming out and higher overall sales figures are not guaranteed. Joyner: Canadian Fine Art (at Waddingtons) This sale had one star that caught my eye – the Paul-Emile Borduas (130) on the catalogue cover and promoted online and in auction advertisements. At the preview, the piece had great presence. The original frame from the Blair Laing Gallery was still intact, the painting’s condition was nearly perfect and it had a provenance clear of previous sales. The painting proved to be the star I thought it would be. Bids from the audience were knocked out at about $450,000, but three phone bids battled on, reaching $660,800, including buyer’s premium. Not only the highlight of the sale, it was also the highlight of the sale season. Joyner has one of the best auctioneers in the Canadian art business, Robert Cowley, and he needed every bit of his ability to soldier through an up-and-down sale. About 70 works were left unsold on the floor, with positive results for the remaining 130. The fact those works were sold, and the secondary market for medium quality is relatively stable, is an accomplishment. Overall, the total for Joyner was well over $2.5 million. Sotheby’s: Important Canadian Art Being the final auction of the season is not always an enviable position. The reasons are possible buyer fatigue, the amount spent at other sales and, finally, the overall impression of what happened at those sales. In general, the view from the floor amongst dealers and serious buyers was that Heffel’s results were a surprise, Joyner escaped and Sotheby’s was going to find trouble due to overly high www.gallerieswest.ca

By Douglas MacLean

SOLD: $129,000 Sotheby’s Lot 22 Est $50,000 - $70,000

SOLD: $643,500 Heffel Lot 157 Est $200,000 - $300,000

SOLD: $497,250 Heffel Lot 40 Est $200,000 - $300,000

Jean Paul Lemieux, Le long voyage, oil on

Claude Tousignant, Accélérateur Chromatique

canvas, 40" x 57"

90, 1968, acrylic on canvas, 96.1" x 96.1"

estimates on second-rate works. This latter prediction proved accurate. Two historical works, Lawren Harris (100) and Tom Thomson (104), both with sit-up-and-beg estimates, were the prime features. The Thomson, a quiet picture of a supposed sunset, lacked energetic colour and the bid, hardly opened at $750,000 and closed quickly. The Harris, although colourful, was large, overly pretty and somehow stiff, in my opinion. The bidding opened and closed so quickly, I didn’t get a note down in my book. The provenances on both, bought previously at auction, were well known. In the end, sadly, they were not great pictures. Neither piece sold, or as some in the dealer world say, they crashed and burned – burned being the significant issue, as the pieces are now known to all through their catalogue and online presence. For a sale to have so many passes, right from the opening pages through to the major flag flyers, is, obviously, not positive. This is the second sale by Sotheby’s to make these apparent errors of judgment. I find it a bit sad, overall, that this contender in Canadian art auctions is stumbling. That said though, some stellar works made the grade, as they should. Kurelek was once again the saviour, odd when you consider who he was as an artist and his often-contentious ideas. His Wintertime North of Winnipeg (10) sold for $255,500 including buyer’s premium. A stark and cold painting that depicts an isolated figure in a winter landscape, it trundled to a great result. Certainly, a big surprise for me was Claude Tousignant’s wonderful Accélérateur Chromatique 90 (22), which achieved a sale result of $129,000. The painting was stunning at the preview and to have this large and perfect example of his work sell is a strong positive for contemporary sales. One important thing to note in Sotheby’s favour is that it presents the best preview of all the auction houses, offering a true gallery experience. The sale, for sure, had a few hidden gems, including a piece by Franz Johnston (70), possibly decorative but nevertheless fascinating. A Lawren Harris (105) was subtle, mysterious and beautiful. Two early historical works by James Duncan (167, www.gallerieswest.ca

A.Y. Jackson, Radium Mine, oil on canvas, 28" x 36"

168) that were recovered from France also caught my attention. Sadly, Duncan’s two incredible pieces from the mid-1800s failed on the auction block, casualties of the passed-lot syndrome prominent throughout the sale. I counted at least 60 unsold pieces, a tally equaled in the spring sale. Obviously, it’s not a good signal to buyers or consignors. Overall, the Sotheby’s sale did add close to $6 million to the season’s total, and, once again, the auction house was able to sell many secondary-market lots. This, in my view, is important, as the auctions do manage to find homes for a lot of art that galleries, private dealers and others in the market could not sell. No doubt, it was not a stellar season, but in the world we see now, Canadian collectors do manage to support some important work, both historical and contemporary, that’s appearing in auction markets. Although we may not see the incredible sums generated by New York auctions, in many cases, I feel our market, although undervalued on occasion, is honest and healthy for strong and important work that represents Canadian art’s wonderful past and present history. Douglas MacLean of Canadian Art Gallery is an art advisor and private dealer living in Canmore, Alberta.

A slideshow of all the images mentioned in this article may be found at: www.gallerieswest.ca/art-appreciation/auction-reviews

SPRING AUCTIONS May 17, 2013 Heffel Fine Art, Toronto www.heffel.com June 3, 2013 Joyner Canadian Fine Art, Toronto www.joynerwaddingtons.ca May, 2013 TBA Sotheby’s Canada, Toronto www.sothebys.com Galleries West Spring 2013 43

COLLECTORS A WESTERN CANADIAN GALLERY WHO’S WHO OF COLLECTIBLE ARTISTS BY MAUREEN LATTA ERIK OLSON DOUGLAS UDELL GALLERY — $1,800 to $4,000 Vancouver Gallery owner Doug Udell was so impressed with Erik Olson’s expressionistic portraits that he wanted to buy one when they first met in the artist’s Calgary studio last fall. Unfortunately, it was promised to the Art Toronto fair. So Udell quickly offered Olson a show in February. “He has the ability to give you a feeling of the sitter,” says Udell, noting that Olson’s brushwork is so thick some strokes look almost like wood. Olson, 30, is a frenetic traveler, always heading somewhere new. From the violent cacophony of paintings based on a six-month motorcycle trip in India to the calm and ordered portraits of planets inspired by NASA images, Olson expresses the often explosive visual impact of new perceptions. He has no fear of tackling a broad range of subject matter, whether a portrait of an elephant or a representation of deep space. “I use the structure of painting as a way to explore the world,” he says. Olson, a graduate of Emily Carr University in Vancouver, cites influences from Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and Frank Auerbach. Olson has exhibited at the Art Gallery of Calgary, the University of Wisconsin’s Union Art Gallery, Chicago’s Invitational Art Fair and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. His painting, The Skateboarder, was included in the BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2012.

Matt, 2012, oil on canvas, 48" x 36"


Wielding black oil pastels and a cheeky attitude, Toronto artist Cathy Daley has made a career out of exploring fashion iconography. Since the early 1990s, she has produced various series on transparent vellum that feature women’s legs in little black dresses and flouncy skirts. Exhibited worldwide and discussed in Art in America, Canadian Art and Border Crossings, Daley’s drawings have been dubbed ironic, witty and post-feminist. “Originally her work related to body politics and image, but it relates in a sexy, sassy way,” says Sabrina Sullivan, assistant director of Newzones Gallery in Calgary. “It’s whimsical and puts a smile on your face.” Sullivan points to the purchase of Daley’s work by the National Gallery of Canada as “a huge statement” as the gallery typically accepts donations only. Daley’s trademark use of black pastel leads to continual invention. “Limitations can be helpful in that they can add to creativity because you end up finding new ways to work within the parameters,” she says. Pastel offers a spontaneous approach and is capable of producing a range of tonality and depth. “The drawings often have an almost sculptural presence,” she says. Daley has taught at OCAD University since 1988. She is repUntitled 871, 2012, resented by galleries in Paris, London and New York. Her work is oil pastel on vellum, in the collections of the Kenderdine Art Gallery in Saskatoon and 24" x 19" the Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery in Owen Sound, Ont. 44 Galleries West Spring 2013



NEWZONES GALLERY — $675 to $9,400 Calgary

NANCY LOWRY THE GALLERY/ART PLACEMENT — $300 to $2,500 Saskatoon Whenever Jonathan Forrest visits Nancy Lowry’s Saskatoon studio, her paintings catch him off guard. “They don’t fit into a preconceived notion of what a painting should be,” says Forrest, manager of the Art Placement gallery in Saskatoon. Lowry, he says, is one of a younger generation of painters “pushing the known boundaries of painting and coming up with her individual, unique approach.” Lowry divides her time between New York and Saskatchewan – wintering in Brooklyn and summering in Saskatoon and at the Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus, where she coordinates workshops and paints outdoors in the region’s boreal forests. In Brooklyn, she digs into crowded, gritty, human-made spaces and pushes her style deeper into abstraction. Lowry’s small oil-on-panel works distil the landscape to a finite number of bold gestures against a coloured or white ground. She cites David Milne and Richard Diebenkorn as significant influences. Her work has a spirited confidence that belies their diminutive size. “I’m comfortable with the really small scale,” she says. “I find it intimate and portable for working outside. I can put a whole show in a suitcase.” Born in Toronto in 1978, Lowry studied art at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. She has been short-listed for the Saskatchewan Arts Board Lieutenant Governor’s 30 Below Award. Construx, 2012,


oil on panel, 6" x 6"


Murray Quinn with some work from his collection. From left to right: Roy Arden, The End (1-4), 2010, oil on linen, each 18" x 21.5" Harold Klunder, Sleep or Chaos, 1988-2006, oil on linen, 84" x 48"

COLLECTOR PROFILE MURRAY QUINN Grande Prairie, Alberta When visitors arrive at Murray Quinn’s home in Grande Prairie, the first thing they see is Icarus, a large-scale sculpture of a boat by Alberta artist Peter von Tiesenhausen. Woven from heavy-gauge aluminum cable, it sits in the courtyard, an introduction to Quinn’s vast collection of contemporary art. Quinn says he and his wife, Christine, are “regular working folk” with a passion for art. He owns a small landscape contracting company, and every day he looks at art, reads about it, and corresponds with artists and galleries. Quinn’s parents exposed him to art early in life. They helped found the local college, collected regional art and invited art instructors for Sunday dinner. Quinn began collecting in 1991 and owns work by Canadian artists such as Evan Penny, Suzy Lake, Harold Klunder, Roy Arden, Chris Cran and Brian Jungen, as well as international artists such as South African photographer Roger Ballen and Dutch artist Marcel van Eeden. Quinn aims to collect the best of the best. “It’s not necessarily a pretty collection,” he says. “There’s some grittiness to it. There’s some unsettling imagery in it. But it’s all really powerful work.” Toronto photographer Jack Burman’s images of archaic anatomical specimens are among Quinn’s favourite pieces. A member of a panel about collecting at the Art Toronto fair in 2011, Quinn believes collectors should heed their visceral responses. Art fairs are good for networking, he cautions, but are not the best place to make buying decisions. “Before you jump in, you really need to do your homework,” he says. “Define what it is you react to when you look at art and start to focus.” He recommends using the Internet as it allows connections with galleries around the world. Other advice? Find dealers you trust, don’t expect to make money, and cultivate friendships with artists and other collectors. “Artists are really interesting people,” he says. “They’ve all got a story to tell.” Galleries West Spring 2013 45

COLLECTORS DREW BURNHAM BAU-XI GALLERY — $7,000 to $20,000 Vancouver

Dinner on Sechelt Inlet, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 32" x 48"

Drew Burnham’s paintings feature all the elements of the Western Canadian landscape – water, rocks, trees, mountains and boats. But Burnham also captures the ephemeral qualities of wind and energy, the breath of forests, and what he calls “a living identity, a soul or, minimally, a piece of the driving force which puts the universe together.” In the spirit of Emily Carr and so many West Coast painters since, this North Vancouver artist pays respect to the “living rights” of things usually considered inanimate. At the Bau-Xi, which has shown his work a dozen times in recent decades, Burnham is a sought-after artist who generates excitement among clients. Riko Nakasone, director of the Vancouver gallery, says Burnham’s last half dozen shows have sold out and she expects his next will as well. Burnham has been exhibiting since 1965 and is represented in many private and corporate collections. He trained with leading Canadian artist Toni Onley and studied at the Vancouver School of Art and the University of Victoria. His subject matter shifted from urban street scenes to coastal landscapes following a boat trip to Princess Louisa Inlet, a granitewalled gorge on the Sunshine Coast north of Vancouver. “That body of work bowled us over the minute he brought it in to the gallery,” Nakasone says. “It was like magic. Our clients recognized it was magical too.” Burnham says he listens to each painting as he works. “It tells me what it’s trying to do. I hope viewers get a feeling of something alive going on there.”

MEGHAN HILDEBRAND MADRONA GALLERY — $500 to $8,000 Victoria Meghan Hildebrand’s imaginative worlds often seem about to slip off their canvases as images of the natural and the human-made collide with gusto. Hildebrand is a spinner of visual tales, whose fantastical sea, land and city views often feature canted angles and flowing ribbons of colour. Acrylics and oils combine with elements of collage. Viewing a Hildebrand painting can be a journey into numerous possible stories or simply an experience of aesthetic wonderment. Michael Warren, owner of the Madrona Gallery in Victoria, notes an amazing response to this Powell River artist’s work. What stands out about it? “She is one of the few Western Canadian artists who have a very well-established visual language.” Hildebrand’s current work still features her unique iconography, but shows a painterly shift toward frantic brushwork against open spaces. She says she was moved by a piece of art from a young friend. “It was funny, gestural, narrative and mysterious. I’m hoping to achieve the qualities I admired in that piece. Raised in the Yukon, Hildebrand was first inspired by Inuit and First Nations’ art and children’s books. She studied at the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson, B.C., and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. Her work is in the Yukon government’s permanent collection, among others, and she was featured by Mayberry Fine Art at the 2012 Art Toronto fair. 46 Galleries West Spring 2013

Untitled, 2012, oil on acrylic on wood, 60" x 48"




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Andante (a walking pace), January 27 to March 24, Richmond Art Gallery

The title of this exhibition comes from the musical term for slow tempo, here referring to the speed of walking. Bringing together work by emerging and senior artists, including Toronto-based Cheryl L’Hirondelle and Vancouver’s Haruko Okano, the exhibition explores how people move through urban and rural landscapes. Walking has an intriguing history with cultural, political, social and spiritual overtones. But new technologies such as GPS are changing the way we perceive and respond to our surroundings. The exhibition includes photographs by Victoria-based artist Mike Andrew McLean, who undertook a threeyear project in Canada’s national mountain parks. His original goal was to shoot portraits of people he met on or near summits, but he later broadened the project to document evidence of human activity. “I traveled over 1,000 kilometers by foot, climbing peaks with my 4x5 field camera,” says McLean. “The images I produced were of people both working within and visiting these landscapes, and evidence of the changing role of wilderness preservation.” Other artists in the exhibition include Vancouver artist Ruth Scheuing, known for images using GPS tracking, and the two-member Vancouver artist collective, Until We Have a Helicopter.

BRITISH COLUMBIA GALLERIES ABBOTSFORD Public Gallery THE REACH GALLERY MUSEUM ABBOTSFORD 32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford, BC V2T 0B3 T. 604-864-8087 F. 604-864-8048 info@thereach.ca www.thereach.ca The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford is committed to preserving and sharing the stories of our rich and diverse cultural heritage and showcasing the best in visual arts. Exhibitions include local history, local, regional and national visual artists and Canadian travelling exhibitions. Tue to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Thurs till 9 pm, Sat, Sun noon - 5 pm.

BRITISH COLUMBIA INDEX Abbotsford ............................................................ 47 Duncan .................................................................. 47 Grand Forks ........................................................... 47 Invermere............................................................... 47 Kelowna................................................................. 47 Penticton ............................................................... 48 Qualicum Bay/Beach ............................................... 49 Salt Spring Island ................................................... 49 Sidney .................................................................... 49 Silver Star Mountain ............................................... 49 Vancouver .............................................................. 49 Vernon................................................................... 51


DUNCAN, BC Commercial Gallery E.J. HUGHES GALLERY 28 Station St, Duncan, BC V9L 1M4 T. 250-746-7112 pacific@islandnet.com www.ejhughes.ca The art of E. J. Hughes is now available at his hometown gallery on Vancouver Island. Hughes is a master. His use of color, moody coastal skies and timeless places keeps connoisseurs coming back for more. Shop the Hughes Gallery online or, in person Mon to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 10 am - 4 pm. Sun by appt. GRAND FORKS Public Gallery GALLERY 2 ART AND HERITAGE CENTRE 524 Centre Ave, PO Box 2140, Grand Forks, BC

Victoria .................................................................. 51 Whistler ................................................................. 52 ALBERTA INDEX Banff...................................................................... 52 Black Diamond ....................................................... 52 Bragg Creek ........................................................... 53 Calgary .................................................................. 53 Camrose ................................................................ 56 Canmore ................................................................ 56 Cochrane ............................................................... 57 Drumheller ............................................................. 57 Edmonton.............................................................. 57

ABOVE: Mike Andrew McLean, Growlers (Cavell Pond, Jasper National Park), 2009, C41 colour photograph, 31" x 40" V0H 1H0 T. 250-442-2211 F. 250-442-0099 gfag1@shaw.ca www.gallery2grandforks.ca Established in 1984 the gallery is committed to the idea that the visual arts play a fundamental role in forming and fostering the regional and national cultural heritage. To do so, the gallery presents a balanced exhibition and educational program representing historical and contemporary works by established and emerging regional, national and international artists. Tues to Fri 10 am - 4 pm, Sat till 3 pm. INVERMERE - WINDERMERE Commercial Gallery EFFUSION ART GALLERY 1033 7 Ave, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0 T. 250-341-6877 info@effusionartgallery.com

Grande Prairie ........................................................ 59 High River ............................................................. 59 Jasper .................................................................... 59 Lacombe ................................................................ 60 Lethbridge ............................................................. 60 Medicine Hat ......................................................... 61 Okotoks ................................................................. 61 Ponoka .................................................................. 61 Red Deer ................................................................ 61 SASKATCHEWAN INDEX Assiniboia .............................................................. 61 Estevan .................................................................. 61

www.effusionartgallery.com Describing itself as ‘an unrestrained expression of emotion’, the gallery is created on the energy of contemporary art with a collaboration between established and emerging artisans from coast to coast. Friendly staff happily provide advice on installation and design specifics to clients, whether homeowners, interior designers or from the corporate world. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sun noon - 4 pm. KELOWNA Commercial Galleries HAMBLETON GALLERIES 1290 Ellis St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1Z4 T. 250-860-2498 info@hambletongalleries.com www.hambletongalleries.com/ Established in 1964, the Hambleton has provided a showcase for leading Canadian artists whose works

Melfort .................................................................. 61 Moose Jaw............................................................. 61 Prince Albert .......................................................... 61 Regina ................................................................... 62 Rockglen ................................................................ 62 Saskatoon .............................................................. 62 Swift Current.......................................................... 62 MANITOBA INDEX Brandon................................................................. 63 Gimli...................................................................... 63 Portage La Prairie ................................................... 63 Winnipeg ............................................................... 63

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The Artist Poster Show February 8-April 7, 2013 Exploring the ways and means in which artists have used the poster to capture the essence of an exhibition. Gilbert and George Major Exhibition Tate Modern 2007

604-297-4422 | 6344 Deer Lake Avenue Richard Cole: Recent Work, Feb. 23 to March 6 Canada House Gallery, Banff

Original oil painting by Nadine Wilson Silver Star View 18” x 24”

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Landscape artist Richard Cole doesn’t consider himself an illustrator. But the urge to tell a coming-of-age story based on his childhood blossomed into a collaboration with K. Jane Watt, a writer and fellow resident of Fort Langley, B.C. Six paintings he did for their book, The Boy Who Paints, will be displayed as part of this exhibition, along with other recent landscape works. Both bodies of work show his deft use of perspective as well as soft, layered brushstrokes that add movement and energy. In the book, the young hero, illustrated as a paper cutout from an old dictionary, feels compelled to paint despite discouragement from his family. The boy’s confidence is shaken but it eventually renews when he starts seeing colour in everyday objects. “It’s kind of about me, but it’s also about the artist’s journey and our struggles with confidence,” says Cole. “It is a continual journey to find inspiration.” A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, the 44-year-old father of two says the book is about overcoming problems by opening one’s mind to new possibilities – a lesson everyone can take to heart. —Dina O’Meara ABOVE: Richard Cole, The Quiet of a Mountain Lake, 2012, oil on canvas, 54" x 84" grace many national and international private and corporate collections. At their new location, owners Stewart and Tracy Turcotte offer investment art opportunities to their clientele and have added ceramics, and bronze sculpture to complement the paintings. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm.

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SOPA FINE ARTS 2934 South Pandosy St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1V9 T. 250-763-5088 info@sopafinearts.com www.sopafinearts.com Okanagan’s major contemporary art gallery, Sopa Fine Arts prides itself on providing an ever-changing selection of contemporary art from leading international artists, with new exhibitions opening the first Thursday each month. Sopa features high calibre, original and innovative artworks; in the media of painting, sculpture, and assemblage. Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm, Sun noon - 4 pm or by appointment.

In Kelowna, partners Roselyn Anderson and Cathy Biagi are the new co-owner/managers of Ritchcraft Gallery at 103-3957 Lakeshore Rd. TURTLE ISLAND GALLERY 115-1295 Cannery Lane, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9V8 T. 250-717-8235 info@turtleislandgallery.com www.turtleislandgallery.com The gallery has a stunning selection of Northwest Coast wood carvings including ceremonial masks, totem poles, talking sticks, plaques and bentwoodstyle boxes. Also stone carvings, hand-carved gold

and silver jewellery, original paintings and limited edition prints both contemporary and traditional. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm (Summer only: also Sun 11 am - 4 pm). TUTT STREET GALLERY 9-3045 Tutt St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2H4 T. 250-861-4992 F. 250-861-4992 info@tuttartgalleries.com www.tuttartgalleries.com Established in 1984, Tutt Street Gallery is a recognized dealer of original fine art— representing regional, national and international artists whose works can be found in private, corporate, and government collections, in Canada and abroad. The gallery extends a warm welcome to art enthusiasts and experienced collectors. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 4 pm or by appt. Public Galleries KELOWNA ART GALLERY 1315 Water St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9R3 T. 250-762-2226 F. 250-762-9875 info@kelownaartgallery.com www.kelownaartgallery.com Located in the heart of Kelowna’s Cultural District, the gallery serves the Central Okanagan Valley with regular exhibitions by contemporary Canadian artists, while the permanent collection has a focus on Okanagan and other BC-based artists. The gallery is a unique venue for special events and offers a variety of classes, workshops, etc for people of all ages. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Thur till 9 pm, Sun 1 pm - 4 pm. PENTICTON Commercial Galleries SAINT-GERMAIN CAFE-GALLERY 102-449 Main St, Penticton, BC V2A 1V6


THE LLOYD GALLERY 18 Front St, Penticton, BC V2A 1H1 T. 250-492-4484 art@lloydgallery.com www.lloydgallery.com New location on colourful Front St. Experience the beauty of the Okanagan through artist’s eyes. Browse through a large viewing gallery hung French salon-style. Original oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel, mixed media and sculptures depict the many faces of the Okanagan, Canada and Asia. Mon to Sat (Summer) Tues to Sat (Winter) 9:30 am - 5:30 pm.

In Penticton, Prema Haares has moved her long-established Tumbleweed Gallery and Framing business to 452 Main Street. YGO FINE ART GALLERY 101-207 Main St, Penticton, BC V2A 5B1 T. 250-276-3414 ygo@ygo-fineart.com www.ygo-fineart.com European trained artist Yvonne Goldberg enjoys expressing herself in different styles, but particularly in Impressionism. Subjects range from portraits to landscape and still life with a noticeable appreciation for the Old Masters. Yvonne strives for freedom of expression and over the years has developed an enthusiasm for boldness of color and stroke. Tues to Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm (Daily in Summer).

Also in Penticton, Yvonne Goldberg has opened her YGO Fine Art studio/gallery at 101-207 Main St. Public Gallery PENTICTON ART GALLERY 199 Marina Way, Penticton, BC V2A 1H3 T. 250-493-2928 F. 250-493-3992 info@pentictonartgallery.com www.pentictonartgallery.com A place of inquiry, interest and enjoyment, the Penticton Art Gallery presents contemporary and historical exhibitions of both established and emerging artists. Visit website for current exhibition, program and event listings. Admission: Adults $2, weekends by donation; Students and children free. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat and Sun noon - 5 pm. QUALICUM BEACH Public Gallery THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE ARTS CENTRE 122 Fern Road West, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 1T2 T. 250-752-6133 gbtosh@shaw.ca www.theoldschoolhouse.org The arts centre provides rewarding opportunities to enjoy, learn and experience art with three galleries offering a pleasant venue for appreciating and purchasing distinctive works. Artist studios are open to visitors. Creations by artisans are available in the gift shop. Gallery concerts on Sundays. Mon noon - 4:30 pm; Tues - Sat 10 am - 4:30 pm; (Summer only: Sun noon - 4 pm). SALT SPRING ISLAND Commercial Galleries PEGASUS GALLERY OF CANADIAN ART Mouat’s Mall, 1-104 Fulford-Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2S3 T. 250-537-2421 F. 250-537-5590 pegasus@saltspring.com www.pegasusgallery.ca Established in 1972, Pegasus offers investmentquality historical Canadian art including The Group of Seven, Robert Pilot, WJ Phillips, Sybil Andrews, The Beaver Hall Group and Cornelius Krieghoff. They also represent fine contemporary painters and sculptors as well as rare Northwest Coast Native art


and baskets. Summer: Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm; Winter: Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun, Mon by appt. STEFFICH FINE ART GALLERY 3105-115 Fulford-Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2S3 T. 250-537-8448 F. 250-537-9233 Toll Free: 1-877-537-8448 info@steffichfineart.com www.steffichfineart.com Formerly the Thunderbird Gallery, established in 1992. Contemporary, historic, Inuit and Northwest Coast art. Local and national artists. Kids and dogs welcome. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 11 am - 4 pm. SIDNEY, BC Commercial Gallery PENINSULA GALLERY 100-2506 Beacon Ave, Landmark Bldg., Sidney, BC V8L 1Y2 T. 250-655-1282 Toll Free: 1-877-787-1896 pengal@pengal.com www.pengal.com Since 1986 the gallery has offered original paintings and sculptures as well as a wide range of limited edition prints for sale onsite and through comprehensive website. Mon to Sat 9 am - 5:30 pm. SILVER STAR MOUNTAIN Commercial Gallery GALLERY ODIN 215 Odin Road, PO Box 3109, Silver Star Mountain, BC V1B 3M1 T. 250-503-0822 F. 250-503-0822 info@galleryodin.com www.galleryodin.com The gallery proudly represents a talented group of Okanagan, British Columbian and Canadian artists, some of them well-established and highly accomplished, others just emerging, but all of them work in a distinctive and original style— oils, acrylics, watercolours, scrimshaw, sculpture, pottery. (Summer) Thur and Sat 2 pm - 6 pm; (Winter) Wed and Sat 1 pm - 6 pm or by appt. GREATER VANCOUVER Commercial Galleries ART EMPORIUM 2928 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3J7 T. 604-738-3510 F. 604-733-5427 tvk@theartemporium.ca www.theartemporium.ca The Art Emporium offers a large inventory of paintings by all members of the Group of Seven and several of their contemporaries, as well as other major Canadian, French and American artists of the 20th Century, for serious collectors and investors. The Estate of Donald Flather. Mon to Sat 10 am - 6 pm. ART WORKS GALLERY 225 Smithe St, Vancouver, BC V6B 4X7 T. 604-688-3301 F. 604-683-4552 Toll Free: 1-800-663-0341 info@artworksbc.com www.artworksbc.com Celebrating 25 years in business, Art Works offers one of the largest selections of art and framing solutions in Western Canada. Providing installation services, custom-framed mirrors and large-scale commissions. Deliver locally and ship worldwide. Art Works is a long-time official sponsor of the Interior Designers Institute of BC. Mon to Fri 9 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm. BAU-XI GALLERY 3045 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3J9 T. 604-733-7011 F. 604-733-3211 info@bau-xi.com www.bau-xi.com BAU-XI (boe she) means “great gift.” Opened in 1965, it is the oldest contemporary gallery in Vancouver. A second location in Toronto in 1976 established Bau-Xi as a national gallery representing about 50 artists. A third gallery Bau-Xi Photo opened in Toronto in 2010 to provide a showcase for contemporary photography. David Alexander, Bobbie Burgers, Drew Burnham, and Cori Creed are a few of the artists represented. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sun 11 am - 5:30 pm. BELLEVUE GALLERY 2475 Bellevue Ave, West Vancouver, BC V7V 1E1 T. 604-922-2304 F. 604-922-2305 info@bellevuegallery.ca www.bellevuegallery.ca Devoted to representing contemporary fine art, Bellevue Gallery features artists of local and interna-

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T. 250-492-0060 info@saintgermaincafegallery.com www.saintgermaincafegallery.com Saint-Germain is a euro-style cafe within a bright, light-filled gallery. The art focus is on contemporary BC artists, both representational and abstract. The cafe offers organic coffee, pastries, baguette sandwiches, salads and soups. Browsing with an espresso in hand encourages lively conversation about the art. Two blocks south of Front St. Mon to Fri 8 am - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 3 pm.

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T. 604-558-2889 F. 604-558-2890 info@fragrantwood.com www.fragrantwood.com The Fragrant-Wood Carving Art Gallery, located on popular South Granville street, was established in 2011. It focuses on wooden sculptures, oil paintings, batik paintings and other artworks created by well-known artists in Southeast Asia. The delicate works reflect the artists’ unique experiences and interpretations. Daily 10 am - 6 pm. GALLERY JONES 1725 West 3rd Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1K7 T. 604-714-2216 info@galleryjones.com www.galleryjones.com The gallery represents established and emerging Canadian and international artists in the mediums of painting, sculpture and photography. Exhibitions change monthly. Tues - Fri 11 am - 6 pm, Sat noon - 5 pm. GRANVILLE FINE ART 2447 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3G5 T. 604-266-6010 info@granvillefineart.com www.granvillefineart.com Canadian artworld veterans Linda Lando and Ken Macdonald have reputations of building collections for collectors. They have merged their talents into Granville Fine Art, representing fine contemporary artists and showcasing works by Canadian and international master painters. Northwest corner Broadway and Granville. Tues to Sat 10 am - 6 pm.

Maria Tratt: New Work, March 22 to April 20, Smash Gallery of Modern Art, Vancouver

Although she graduated from Emily Carr University just two years ago, Vancouver-based printmaker and painter Maria Tratt has been making art for two decades. Her expressionistic work has focused on urban landscapes, urban versus rural, and the discord between the resources urbanites use and the natural world, particularly animals. Tratt often uses the cow as a metaphor for the painful breach between people and the industrial use of animals. But her upcoming show at Smash is a more personal journey through childhood memories. Using photographs, she interprets her feelings about people, places and objects from the past. “It’s an investigation into the mutability of memory,” she says. “And how memory is often an assemblage of more than just a single moment.” The show includes prints, mainly monotype and sugar-lift in combination with etching, and oil paintings on canvas or board, often with acrylic under-staining. The new work exposes her love of painters such as Marc Chagall, Edvard Munch, Peter Doig and Tom Thomson. Close inspection reveals Tratt’s tendency to gravitate to what she calls “the smaller moments, the everyday.” — Beverly Cramp ABOVE: Maria Tratt, Piedmont, 2012, oil on canvas, 24" x 24" tional appeal. Giving voice to the experimentation of new technologies in printmaking, divergent and individual approaches to drawing, photography and painting, and distinctive sculpture, the gallery serves both private and corporate collectors. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 11 am - 5 pm and by appointment. BUCKLAND SOUTHERST GALLERY 2460 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC V7C 1L1 T. 604-922-1915 cboulton@telus.net www.bucklandsoutherst.com An eclectic gallery owned by Chris Boulton. His aim is to hang quality art without too high a price tag. The gallery represents 18 artists, many with international roots. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5.30 pm, Sun noon to 4 pm. DOUGLAS UDELL GALLERY 1566 W 6 Ave, 2nd floor, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R2 T. 604-736-8900 F. 604-736-8931 Vancouver@douglasudellgallery.com www.douglasudellgallery.com In the art

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The Stewart Stephenson Modern Art Gallery has opened at 101-1300 Robson St, Vancouver adjacent to the Forage Restaurant in the Listel Hotel. JENKINS SHOWLER GALLERY 101-15735 Croydon Dr, The Shops at Morgan Crossing, Surrey, BC V3S 2L5 T. 604-535-7445 Toll Free: 1-888-872-3107 mail@jenkinsshowlergallery.com www.jenkinsshowlergallery.com NEW LOCATION Established in 1990, and representing the work of over 40 Canadian artists— from emerging local talent to internationally respected painters including Toni Onley, Toller Cranston, and Ken Kirkby— Jenkins Showler Gallery offers a diverse selection of original art. Tues to Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 11 am - 6 pm. LATTIMER GALLERY 1590 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1H2 T. 604-732-4556 F. 604-732-0873 info@lattimergallery.com www.lattimergallery.com Since 1986, clients have enjoyed the unique, warm atmosphere of a Northwest Longhouse while browsing the large selection of original paintings and limited edition prints by many well-known native artists— as well as finely-crafted gold and silver jewellery, argillite carvings, soapstone sculptures, steam bent boxes, masks, totem poles and more. Mon to Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun & Hol noon - 5 pm.

monny@shaw.ca www.geocities.com/monnysenvisiongallery/ index.html This gallery of longtime collector Monny, has a permanent collection as well as a rotating schedule of exhibitions by local artists Kerensa Haynes, Ted Hesketh, Sonja Kobrehel, Shu Okamoto, Ruth Lowe and others working in a variety of media. Mon to Sat 10 am - 6 pm. PACIFIC HOME AND ART CENTRE 1560 W 6 Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R2 T. 604-566-9889 info@pacifichome.ca www.pacifichome.ca The Centre offers a variety of imported, handmade, Murano-style glass art pieces— chandeliers, wall installations, one-of-a-kind decorative pieces and more. Their collection comes with a variety of colourful, elaborated shapes and sizes, styles and designs to complement most personal styles and budgets. Mon & Fri 9:30 am - 6 pm, Tue to Thurs 9 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 9 am - 5 pm. PETLEY JONES GALLERY 1554 W 6 Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R2 T. 604-732-5353 F. 604-732-5669 info@petleyjones.com www.petleyjones.com Established in 1986 by Matt Petley-Jones, nephew of the late Canadian and British artist Llewellyn Petley-Jones, the gallery specializes in 19th - 20th century Canadian, European and American paintings, sculpture and original prints. It also offers a range of fine art services, including framing, restoration and appraisals. Around the corner from former Granville location. Mon to Sat 10 am - 6 pm. RENDEZVOUS ART GALLERY 323 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3N2 T. 604-687-7466 F. 604-687-7466 Toll Free: 1-877-787-7466 info@rendezvousartgallery.com www.rendezvousartgallery.com Located on the bright southwest corner of Howe and Cordova, this vibrant gallery represents more than 40 talented Canadian artists, some of whom are exclusive to Rendezvous. Contemporary and traditional paintings and sculptures are displayed in an atmosphere conducive to viewing fine works of art. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sun 11 am - 5 pm. SMASH GALLERY OF MODERN ART 580 Clark Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3H7 T. 604-251-3262 gallery@smashmodernart.com www.smashmodernart.com Founded in 2012, SMASH Gallery of Modern Art is a fine are gallery and design firm offering original art and one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture, lighting, mirrors, wall decor and custom millwork for both the general public and the film and television industries. They represent nine artists but also include outside artists in regular, monthly exhibitions. Mon to Fri 10 am - 5 pm or by appointment.

Winsor Gallery has moved from South Granville in Vancouver to new space at 258 East 1st Avenue.

business in Edmonton since 1967 and Vancouver since 1986, Douglas Udell Gallery represents many of Canada’s leading contemporary artists as well as some of the leading young artists gaining momentum in the international playing field. The gallery also buys and sells in the secondary market in Canadian historical as well as international. Tues to Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Mon by appt.

MARION SCOTT GALLERY 2423 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3G5 T. 604-685-1934 F. 604-685-1890 art@marionscottgallery.com www.marionscottgallery.com Vancouver’s oldest Inuit art gallery (opened in 1975) and one of Canada’s most respected has returned to South Granville. The gallery is committed to presenting the finest in Canadian Inuit art, with a wide range of Inuit sculpture, prints and wallhangings from many different regions of Canada’s North, with special emphasis on rare pieces from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Mon to Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 11 am - 5 pm.

SUN SPIRIT GALLERY 2444 Marine Dr (Dundarave), West Vancouver, BC V7V 1L1 T. 778-279-5052 gallery@sunspirit.ca www.sunspirit.ca Sun Spirit Gallery is proud to offer a superior collection of West Coast Native Art from renowned artists and emerging artists alike. The blend of contemporary and traditional work includes fine gold and silver jewellery, unique furniture and home accents, fine art prints, glass work and handcarved masks and bentwood boxes. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm.

FEDERATION GALLERY 1241 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC V6H 4B7 T. 604-681-8534 fcagallery@artists.ca www.artists.ca The Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery on Gran ville Island offers sale, exhibition and gallery rental opportunities to members. New exhibitions are usually scheduled every two weeks throughout the year. Tues to Sun 10 am - 5 pm (mid-May - Aug), 10 am - 4 pm (Sep - mid May).

MASTERS GALLERY VANCOUVER 2245 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3G1 T. 778-628-7486 peterohler@shawcable.com www.vancouver-mastersgalleryltd.com Celebrating 35 years as dealers of top quality Canadian historical and contemporary art from its base in Calgary, Masters Gallery recently opened this second location on trendy South Granville with returning Vancouverite, Peter Ohler Jr as Director. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm.

FRAGRANT-WOOD CARVING ART GALLERY 2233 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 4H7

MONNY’S GALLERY 2675 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1P8 T. 604-733-2082

TRENCH CONTEMPORARY ART 102-148 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1B5 T. 604-681-2577 Toll Free: 1-877-681-2577 info@trenchgallery.com www.trenchgallery.com The gallery exhibits international and local emerging, mid- and late-career artists working in all media. The gallery’s curatorial interest lies in both conceptual and formal art production but with an emphasis on relationship with the chosen material, rigorous discipline in the resolution of formal art problems and clarity of conceptual approach. In Gastown. Wed to Sat 11 am - 6 pm, or by appt.


UNO LANGMANN GALLERY 2117 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3E9 T. 604-736-8825 F. 604-736-8826 Toll Free: 1-800-730-8825 jeanette@langmann.com www.langmann.com This internationally recognized gallery is Canada’s foremost specialist in the finest quality European and North American paintings from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The elegant, neo-classical surroundings of the gallery also showcase a careful selection of antique furniture, silver and objets d’art. Open Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm or by appointment.

Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art opened in North Vancouver as home of Artists for Kids Collection funding school-based art programs. WHITE ROCK GALLERY 1247 Johnston Rd, White Rock, BC V3B 3Y9 T. 604-538-4452 F. 604-538-4453 Toll Free: 1-877-974-4278 info@whiterockgallery.com www.whiterockgallery.com A destination for art lovers throughout the Lower Mainland since 1989. They feature an extraordinary selection of original fine art, ceramics and sculpture. Their custom framing is a blend of creativity, expert design, and skilled workmanship. Tue to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm. Closed holiday long weekends. YEATS STUDIO & GALLERY 2402 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7V 1L1 T. 778-279-8777 info@craigyeats.com www.craigyeats.com Often to be found working in this studio/gallery, Craig started painting watercolours in high school and made many studies of the foreshore areas of West Vancouver. Since then he has refined his technique to heighten the visual impact of his paintings. Recent paintings are created using a knife and are mostly semi-abstractions of the local West Vancouver landscapes, still life, the figure, and nature in general. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm.

LUZ Studio & Gallery in Victoria has moved from Oak Bay Ave to 569b Hillside Ave (Rock Bay Landing), specializing in fine photography. Public Galleries BURNABY ART GALLERY 6344 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby, BC V5G 2J3 T. 604-297-4422 F. 604-205-7339 gallery@burnaby.ca www.burnabyartgallery.ca Dedicated to collecting, preserving and presenting contemporary and historical visual art programs by local, national and internationally recognized artists. Stewards of the 3rd largest public art museum collection in British Columbia. Exhibitions, art education programs, art rental and sales in historic Ceperley Mansion. Tues to Fri 10 am - 4:30 pm, Sat & Sun noon - 5 pm. DEER LAKE GALLERY 6584 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby, BC V5G 3T7 T. 604-298-7322 nfo@burnabyartscouncil.org www.burnabyartscouncil.org/deer-lakegallery/ The Burnaby Art Council’s gallery features a wide variety of art from individuals and organizations across the Greater Vancouver area. By connecting through the arts, the gallery seeks to promote emerging artists as well as showcase established professionals. Tues to Sun noon - 4 pm. MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA 6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2 T. 604-822-5087 F. 604-822-2974 Jennifer.webb@ubc.ca www.moa.ubc.ca MOA is a place of architectural beauty, provocative programming, and exciting exhibitions — including Bill Reid’s iconic “The Raven and the First Men,” and the new Multiversity Galleries, showcasing 10,000 objects from around the world. Café MOA, an elegant shop, and free tours. Spring/Summer: daily 10 am - 5 pm Tues to 9; Fall/Winter: closed Mon, open Tues 10 am - 9 pm and Wed to Sun 10 am - 5 pm. Closed Dec 25 & 26.


RICHMOND ART GALLERY 180-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC V6Y 1R9 T. 604-247-8300 F. 604-247-8301 gallery@richmond.ca www.richmondartgallery.org The Richmond Art Gallery plays a dynamic role in the growth of visual art in Richmond, and is a vital part of the contemporary art network in BC and Canada. Through excellence in exhibitions and education, the RAG strives to enhance an understanding and enjoyment of contemporary art. Mon to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat and Sun 10 am - 5 pm.

RENDEZVOUS ART GALLERY Contemporary Canadian Art

VANCOUVER ART GALLERY 750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7 T. 604-662-4700 F. 604-682-1086 info@vanartgallery.bc.ca www.vanartgallery.bc.ca The largest art gallery in Western Canada is a focal point of downtown Vancouver. Presenting a full range of contemporary artists and major historical masters, it is recognized internationally for its superior exhibitions and excellent interactive education programs and houses a permanent collection of almost 7,000 works of art. Tues to Sun & Hols 10 am - 5:30 pm, Thur 10 am - 9 pm. VERNON Commercial Galleries ASHPA NAIRA ART GALLERY & STUDIO 9492 Houghton Rd., Vernon, BC V1H 2C9 T. 250-549-4249 F. 250-549-4209 ashpanaira@telus.net www.ashpanairagallery.com Located in Killiney on the west side of Okanagan Lake, this contemporary art gallery and studio, owned by artist Carolina Sanchez de Bustamante, features original art in a home and garden setting. Discover a diverse group of emerging and established Okanagan and Canadian artists in painting, textiles, sculpture and ceramics. Open May 1 to October 15. Fri to Sun 10 am - 6 pm or by appt. NADINE’S FINE ART & FRAMES 3101 31 Ave, Vernon, BC V1T 2G9 T. 250-542-8544 nadinesfineart@shaw.ca www.nadinesfineart.com Artist/owner Nadine Wilson opened her gallery in 2005. She represents several local artists, presents regular classes in watercolour, oil and acrylic painting and drawing as well as offering professional framing services. In summer the gallery hosts guest artist workshops. Mon to Fri 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 9:30 am - 4 pm (winter: Sat 10 am - 2 pm).

Ingrid Christensen, Swimming Pool, Oil on Canvas, 20” x 24”

Located in Downtown Vancouver, BC the RendezVous Art Gallery ĨĞĂƚƵƌĞƐƐŽŵĞŽĨƚŚĞĮŶĞƐƚƚĂůĞŶƚǁŝƚŚǁŽƌŬƐĨƌŽŵŽǀĞƌξκĂŶĂĚŝĂŶ Painters and Sculptors. RendezVous Art Gallery 323 Howe Street Vancouver, BC V6C 3N2 604 687-7466 info@rendezvousartgallery.com www.rendezvousartgallery.com

Public Gallery VERNON PUBLIC ART GALLERY 3228 31 Ave, Vernon, BC V1T 2H3 T. 250-545-3173 F. 250-545-9096 info@vernonpublicartgallery.com www.vernonpublicartgallery.com The Vernon Public Art Gallery presents exhibitions of emerging and established artists working in a variety of media, including paintings sculpture, video, and installation art. The Vernon Public Art Gallery is the largest public gallery in the North Okanagan, and provides exhibition opportunities to local artists and artisans. Mon to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat 11 am - 4 pm. GREATER VICTORIA Artist-run Gallery OPEN SPACE 510 Fort Street, 2nd floor, Victoria, BC V8W 1E6 T. 250-383-8833 F. 250-383-8841 openspace@openspace.ca www.openspace.ca Founded in September 1972 as a non-profit artistrun centre, Open Space supports professional artists— notably young and emerging— who utilize hybrid and experimental approaches to media, art, music and performance. It reflects the wide diversity of contemporary art practices in Victoria, across Canada and beyond. Tues to Sat noon - 5 pm. Commercial Galleries AVENUE GALLERY 2184 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 1G3 T. 250-598-2184 F. 250-598-2185 info@theavenuegallery.com www.theavenuegallery.com Especially noted for finding and establishing new talent, the gallery considers itself a showcase for contemporary British Columbia, Canadian and international art, serving both corporate and private collectors— those new to the contemporary art scene as well as knowledgeable collectors. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun noon - 4 pm.

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info@westendgalleryltd.com www.westendgalleryltd.com First established in Edmonton in 1975, Dan and Lana Hudon opened a second Gallery located in the heart of downtown Victoria in 1994. Visitors are encouraged to explore and select from a wide range of styles and prices, from emerging to established artists and to purchase with confidence. Mon to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun/Holidays noon - 4 pm. WINCHESTER GALLERIES 2260 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 1G7 T. 250-595-2777 F. 250-595-2310 art@winchestergalleriesltd.com www.winchestergalleriesltd.com Exclusive fine art dealers handling Canadian historical and contemporary art. Opened in 1974, the gallery has been under the ownership of Gunter H.J. Heinrich and Anthony R.H. Sam since 1994 and in 2003 has moved to its own building in Oak Bay Village. They regularly run major exhibitions of two to three weeks both here and in two other downtown galleries. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm.

Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art: January 11 to March 9, Art Gallery of Calgary

An international exhibition that promotes awareness of the causes of violence against women is making its first Canadian stop this year in Calgary. “The Art Gallery of Calgary decided to host the exhibition because of the strong calibre of participating artists, including Yoko Ono, Marina Abramovic and Louise Bourgeois,” says curator Kayleigh Hall. She notes the multimedia aspect of the exhibition allows visitors a variety of entrance points to engage with both the work and the topic of violence against women through an international lens. The exhibition has visited various countries, including Norway, Mexico and the United States, and has been seen by an estimated 300,000 viewers since 2009. It is organized by Art Works for Change, an American non-profit organization established in 2008 to address social and environmental issues. More than 30 artists are participating, including Mona Hatoum, a Palestinian artist who lives in London; Cuban artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons; and Wangechi Mutu, who was born in Kenya. LEFT: Mona Hatoum, Over My Dead Body, 2006, heliogravure, 20" x 30" MADRONA GALLERY 606 View St, Victoria, BC V8W 1J4 T. 250-380-4660 info@madronagallery.com www.madronagallery.com Opened in June 2010, Madrona Gallery represents emerging, mid-career and established Canadian artists. The gallery offers a welcoming environment to all visitors and Michael Warren’s expertise in Canadian art history and the contemporary art market facilitates the discovery of new artists and rare pieces from Canadian masters. Tues to Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 11 am - 6 pm. OUT OF THE MIST GALLERY 740 Douglas St, Victoria, BC V8W 3M6 T. 250-480-4930 oomistg@telus.net www.outofthemistgallery.com Dealers in classic and contemporary Northwest coast native art— including traditional potlatch masks, basketry, shamanic devices, button blankets, totem poles, artefacts and more. There is also a selection of plains beadwork and artefacts and other North American, Oceanic, and African tribal art. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun noon - 3 pm. RED ART GALLERY 2033 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 1E5 T. 250-881-0462 me@redartgallery.ca www.redartgallery.ca A small gem in the heart of Oak Bay Village, the gallery is dynamic, welcoming and above all, dedicated to the love of art. Along with regular new paintings by award-winning painter Marion Evamy, other artists also showcase artwork that is con-

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temporary, confident and affordable. Relax on the red couch and enjoy art described (by critic Robert Amos) as “a blast of joy”. Tues to Sat noon - 4 pm. SOOKE HARBOUR HOUSE GALLERY 1528 Whiffen Spit Rd, Sooke, BC V9Z 0T4 T. 250-642-3421 F. 250-642-6988 gallery@sookeharbourhouse.com www.sookeharbourhouse.com/ Displayed throughout this award-winning inn, with its internationally-renowned dining room, the unconventional gallery was created in 1998 with carefully selected works by local artists on Vancouver Island. The art, in a variety of media, generally reflects themes of edible gardens, the ocean and the surrounding forest. Daily guided Garden Tours with art display in the Edible Gardens. Gallery open daily for self-guided tour. THE GALLERY IN OAK BAY VILLAGE 2223A Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC V8R 1G4 T. 250-598-9890 F. 250-592-5528 thegallery@shaw.ca Just a short distance from downtown in the picturesque Oak Bay Village, the gallery shows a variety of works by mostly local artists including Kathryn Amisson, Sid and Jesi Baron, Andres Bohaker, Bryony Wynne Boutillier, Tom Dickson, Robert Genn, Caren Heine, Harry Heine, Shawn A. Jackson, Brian R. Johnson, David Ladmore, Jack Livesey, Dorothy McKay, Bill McKibben, Ernst Marza, Hal Moldstad, Ron Parker, Natasha Perks. Mon to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 3 pm. WEST END GALLERY 1203 Broad Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2A4 T. 250-388-0009

Public Galleries ART GALLERY OF GREATER VICTORIA 1040 Moss Street, Victoria, BC V8V 4P1 T. 250-384-4171 F. 250-361-3995 communications@aggv.bc.ca www.aggv.bc.ca Engaging, challenging and inspiring! Victoria’s public art museum presents a variety of visual art experiences, media and cultures through historical to contemporary art from Asia, Europe and Canada— including the work of BC’s premiere landscape artist, Emily Carr, portrayed through paintings, writings and photographs. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Thurs till 9 pm; Sun noon - 5 pm. LEGACY ART GALLERY 630 Yates St, Victoria, BC V8W 1K9 T. 250-381-7645 F. 250-381-7609 legacy@uvic.ca www.legacygallery.ca The Legacy Art Gallery features works from the University of Victoria Art Collections, including paintings, drawings and sculptures by some of the bestknown artists in the Pacific Northwest, bequeathed to the University of Victoria by Dr. Michael C. Williams. Two gallery spaces feature a variety of rotating exhibits. Phone, or visit website for hours. MALTWOOD PRINTS AND DRAWINGS GALLERY AT THE MCPHERSON LIBRARY Box 3025 Stn CSC, McPherson Library, Room 027 Finnerty Road, Victoria, BC V8W 3P2 T. 250-381-7645 F. 250-381-7609 maltpub@finearts.uvic.ca www.uvac.uvic.ca The Maltwood Prints and Drawings Gallery, located on the lower level of the McPherson Library, exhibits prints, drawings, paintings and photographs from the University of Victoria’s permanent art collection, including a large contemporary First Nations print collection. Hours of operation coincide with McPherson Library. Call for current hours. WHISTLER BLACK TUSK GALLERY 108-4293 Mountain Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4 info@blacktusk.ca www.blacktusk.ca The Black Tusk Gallery creates unique acquisition opportunities for collectors with a variety of works by both established and up-and-coming First Nations artists whose work reflects the ancient histories and traditions of the coastal people. Located on the lobby level of the Hilton Hotel, next to Skiers Plaza. Open daily. MOUNTAIN GALLERIES AT THE FAIRMONT Fairmont Chateau Whistler, 4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4 T. 604-935-1862 Toll Free: 1-888-310-9726 whistler@mountaingalleries.com www.mountaingalleries.com Located in The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Mountain Galleries is a favourite stop for collectors of Canadian art, featuring museum-quality paintings, sculpture and unique Inuit carvings. With three galleries, a combined total of 6080 square feet of exhibition space, and a state of the art warehouse/ studio in Jasper, they frequently host exhibitions, artist demonstrations and workshops. Daily 10 am - 10 pm.

ALBERTA GALLERIES BANFF Commercial Galleries CANADA HOUSE GALLERY PO Box 1570 201 Bear St, Banff, AB T1L 1B5 T. 403-762-3757 F. 403-762-8052 Toll Free: 1-800-419-1298 info@canadahouse.com www.canadahouse.com A Banff destination since 1974, just a short drive from Calgary. This friendly and fresh gallery represents a large collection of current Canadian art— paintings and sculpture from Canada’s best landscape, contemporary and Native artists. Check website for daily updates. Member of Art Dealers Association of Canada. Open daily. MOUNTAIN GALLERIES AT THE FAIRMONT Fairmont Banff Springs, 405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB T. 403-760-2382 Toll Free: 1-800-310-9726 banff@mountaingalleries.com www.mountaingalleries.com Located in The Fairmont Banff Springs, Mountain Galleries is a favourite stop for collectors of Canadian art, featuring museum-quality paintings, sculpture and unique Inuit carvings. With three galleries, a combined total of 6080 square feet of exhibition space, and a state of the art warehouse/studio in Jasper, they frequently host exhibitions, artist demonstrations and workshops. Daily 10 am - 10 pm. WILLOCK & SAX GALLERY Box 2469, 210 Bear St, B anff, AB T1L 1C2 T. 403-762-2214 Toll Free: 1-866-859-2220 fineart@willockandsaxgallery.com www.willockandsaxgallery.com Art reflects the spiritual and physical reliance of humanity on the natural world. The Willock & Sax Gallery is innovative and eclectic, rooted in the idea that art is about people, place, and community. They carry work by mainly Western Canadian contemporary and historic artists, who enjoy international, national, and regional reputations. Daily 10 am - 6 pm. Public Galleries WALTER PHILLIPS GALLERY 107 Tunnel Mountain Road, Box 1020 Stn 40, Banff, AB T1L 1H5 T. 403-762-6281 F. 403-762-6659 walter_phillipsgallery@banffcentre.ca www.banffcentre.ca/wpg/ The gallery is exclusively committed to the production, presentation, collection and analysis of contemporary art and is dedicated to developing a thoughtful and stimulating forum for visual art and curatorial practice. The WPG develops exhibitions, commissions new works and engages in dialogues about curatorial practice through symposia and workshops. Wed to Sun 12:30 pm - 5 pm, Thurs till 9 pm. Free gallery tours Thurs 7 pm. WHYTE MUSEUM OF THE CANADIAN ROCKIES PO Box 160111 Bear St, Banff, AB T1L 1A3 T. 403-762-2291 F. 403-762-8919 info@whyte.org www.whyte.org Located on a spectacular site beside the Bow River in downtown Banff. Discover the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Canadian Rockies. The Museum offers guided tours of Banff’s heritage log homes and cabins; historic walking tours of the Banff townsite; and exhibition tours of the galleries. Open daily, 10 am - 5 pm. BLACK DIAMOND Commercial Gallery BLUEROCK GALLERY 110 Centre Ave, Box 1290, Black Diamond, AB T0L 0H0 T. 403-933-5047 F. 403-933-5050 store@bluerockgallery.ca www.bluerockgallery.ca Bluerock Gallery is a go-to place for one-of-a-kind fine art and craft, jewellery, cards and inspiring books. New art arrives regularly and the impressive collection by more than 100 artists is constantly being expanded and rotated. Wed to Mon 11 am - 5 pm; Dec 1 - 24 daily 11 am - 7 pm.


BRAGG CREEK Commercial Gallery THE ALICAT GALLERY 1 Bragg Creek Village Centre, Box 463, Bragg Creek, AB T0L 0K0 T. 403-949-3777 F. 403-949-3777 gallery@alicatgallery.com www.alicatgallery.com Located about 30 minutes west of Calgary, the gallery opened in 1987. It represents more than 100 local and Western Canadian artists and artisans working in oils, acrylics and watercolours. Ceramics, carvings, sculpture and ironwork of the finest quality are also shown. Daily 11 am - 5 pm. CALGARY Artist-run Galleries THE NEW GALLERY 212-100 7 Ave SW (Art Central), Calgary, AB T2P 0W4 T. 403-233-2399 F. 403-290-1714 info@thenewgallery.org www.thenewgallery.org From its new location on the second level of Art Central, Calgary’s oldest artist-run centre is committed to providing a forum for a wide spectrum of critical discourse and multi-disciplinary practices within the contemporary visual arts. Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm. TRUCK CONTEMPORARY ART IN CALGARY 815 1 St SW, lower level, Calgary, AB T2P 1N3 T. 403-261-7702 F. 403-264-7737 info@truck.ca www.truck.ca/ TRUCK is a non-profit, artist-run centre dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art. Their goal is to incite dialogue locally, which contributes to the global critical discourse on contemporary art. TRUCK presents dynamic programming, fosters innovative artistic practices, encourages experimentation, and promotes a dialogue between artists and the public. Free admission. Tues to Fri 11 am - 5 pm, Sat noon - 5 pm. Commercial Galleries ARTS ON ATLANTIC GALLERY 1312A 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T3 T. 403-264-6627 F. 403-264-6628 info@artsonatlantic.com www.artsonatlantic.com The gallery showcases an eclectic mix of fine Canadian art and craft. Five minutes from downtown, it’s a warm, intimate space in historic Inglewood. Mediums include paintings, etchings, blown and fused glass, jewellery, stone and wood carvings and photography. Also offering special limited edition books and handmade journals, books and cards. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm. ATLANTIS FINE FRAMING STUDIO & GALLERY 4515 Manhattan Rd SE, Calgary, AB T2G 4B3 T. 403-258-0075 F. 403-259-4211 info@atlantisframing.com www.atlantisframing.com Established in 1994, Atlantis has relocated to a larger facility with gallery space dedicated to promoting and exhibiting works from local and regional artists. Atlantis supports emerging to established artists, and features contemporary to traditional artwork. The commercial framing studio also includes art supplies, art classes and workshops. Mon to Fri 9 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm. AXIS CONTEMPORARY ART 203-100 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0W4 T. 403-262-3356 info@axisart.ca www.axisart.ca Represents professional Canadian and International artists working in diverse media including painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing and photography. The artists represent distinctive artistic practices in terms of their approach, technique and themes. The result: work that is compelling, fresh and engaging. Mon to Fri 10:30 am - 5:30 pm, First Thurs till 9 pm, Sat 11 am - 5 pm. CIRCA 1226A 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T1 T. 403-290-0145 Toll Free: 1-877-290-0145 circa5060@yahoo.ca www.circa5060.ca Circa is a one-of-a-kind gallery specializing in midcentury modern art glass from around the world. All items are hand blown works of art from the 1940-1960s. The focus is on European art glass from the best known studios and furnaces. Circa brings world-class vintage art glass to Calgary from


centres across Europe. A visual spectacle of color, form and modernism. Daily 10 am - 5 pm. CKG / CHRISTINE KLASSEN GALLERY 1021 6 St SW (corner 11 Ave), Calgary, AB T2R 1R2 T. 403-262-1880 info@christineklassengallery.com www.christineklassengallery.com CKG / Christine Klassen Gallery, an evolution of The Weiss Gallery, represents a dynamic group of artists united by their craft-intensive approach to artmaking. CKG endeavours to stimulate gallery visitors through innovative projects and exhibitions of painting, drawing, photography and sculpture. Tues - Sat 10 am - 5 pm or by appointment. DADE ART AND DESIGN LAB 1327 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T2 T. 403-454-0243 F. 403-454-0282 info@dadegallery.com www.dadegallery.com With a distinctive product mix and presentation philosophy DaDe ART & DESIGN LAB offers a complete product range for modern living— including original art and sculpture by local artists, and exclusive furniture from around the world. Tues to Sun 11 am - 6 pm; Thurs till 8 pm. DIANA PAUL GALLERIES 737 2 ST SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3J1 T. 403-262-9947 F. 403-262-9911 dpg@dianapaulgalleries.com www.dianapaulgalleries.com Recently relocated to the heritage Lancaster Building just off Stephen Avenue Walk. Specializing in high quality fine art— small and large format works— in styles from super-realism to impressionism to semi-abstract. Featuring the work of emerging and well-established artists. Tues to Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm. ENDEAVOR ARTS 200-1209 1 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0V3 T. 403-532-7800 info@endeavorarts.com www.endeavorarts.com Endeavor Arts represents local artists who create art in new ways, focusing on mixed media and other types of innovative artwork and avoiding more traditional media and methods. Recognizing that art is being consumed differently, there is also a digital gallery, with 5 monitors, showing rotating artwork and videos or photos of the process of how some artists make a specific piece. Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm. FORTUNE FINE ART 3-215 39 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7E3 T. 403-277-7252 F. 403-277-7364 info@fortunefineart.com www.fortunefineart.com This Canadiana gallery offers an extensive collection of fine realism paintings depicting scenes from across Canada. Works by more than 240 artists including such well-known names as Norman Brown, “Duncan” MacKinnon Crockford, W.R. deGarth, N. de Grandmaison, Roland Gissing, George Horvath, Georgia Jarvis, Glenn Olson, Torquil Reed, Colin Williams and Marguerite Zwicker. For sale or lease. Browsers welcome. Please call for hours. FRAMED ON FIFTH 1207 5 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2N 0S1 T. 403-244-3688 info@framedonfifth.com www.framedonfifth.com A framing shop? Yes, but also a charming gallery presenting local artists in monthly shows. Owner Hannah White offers a unique experience for artists and collectors alike. Located in eclectic Kensington with ample on-street parking. Tues to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm. GAINSBOROUGH GALLERIES 441 5 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2V1 T. 403-262-3715 F. 403-262-3743 Toll Free: 1-866-425-5373 art@gainsboroughgalleries.com www.gainsboroughgalleries.com Extensive collection of fine artists including Tinyan, Raftery, Wood, Desrosiers, Lyon, Hedrick, Min Ma, Simard, Brandel, Schlademan, Bond, Cameron, Crump and Charlesworth. Calgary’s largest collection of bronze— by Stewart, Cheek, Lansing, Taylor, Danyluk and Arthur. Gemstone carvings by Lyle Sopel. Mon to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat till 5 pm. GALLERIA - INGLEWOOD 907 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0S5 T. 403-270-3612 galleria@shaw.ca www.calgarycraftedgifts.com Galleria Inglewood represents more than 25 emerging and established artists. Their contem-

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Don’t Stop Me Now!, December 22 to February 9, Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta

porary works include oils, watercolour, acrylics and mixed media. In 3 separate galleries they also show functional, decorative and sculptural pottery by local clay artists and fine handcrafts by Canadian artisans. Minutes from downtown in historic Inglewood. Free parking. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm. GERRY THOMAS GALLERY 100-602 11 Ave SW - lower level, Calgary, AB T2R 1J8 T. 403-265-1630 F. 403-265-1634 info@gerrythomas.com www.gerrythomasgallery.com This contemporary, New York-style gallery boasts an impressive 4600 sq ft of original art ranging from abstract oil paintings, glass sculpture and photography to historic works by Roland Gissing. The stylish Gallery includes an art deco bar, modern lounge furniture and catering facilities perfect for corporate and private events. Open Wed to Sat 10 am - 6 pm. GIBSON FINE ART LTD 628 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E2 T. 403-244-2000 info@gibsonfineart.ca www.gibsonfineart.ca Now located in the Design District, the gallery showcases contemporary art in a wide variety of styles and media and of significant regional and national scope— from emerging and established artists of the highest quality. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm. HERRINGER KISS GALLERY 709 A 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E3 T. 403-228-4889 F. 403-228-4809 info@herringerkissgallery.com www.herringerkissgallery.com A member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada, the gallery represents over 25 artists working in a range of mediums including painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and mixed media works. Gallery artists include Angela Leach, Toni Hafkenscheid, Akiko Taniguchi, Bill Laing, Marjan Eggermont, Tivadar Boté, Ken Webb, Harry Kiyooka, Reinhard Skoracki, Glen Semple, Elizabeth Barnes, David Burdeny, Dennis Ekstedt, Renée Duval, Ben Van Netten, Siobhan Humston, Bratsa Bonifacho, Eve Leader, Jude Griebel, Stefanja Du-

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manowski, Marianne Lovink and Eszter Burghardt. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 11 am - 5 pm. INGLEWOOD FINE ARTS 1223B 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0S9 T. 403-262-5011 info@inglewoodfinearts.com www.inglewoodfinearts.com Recently relocated from Montreal, owner/director Michel Arseneau is featuring the works of internationally-recognized artist Charles Carson in permanent exhibition at his new Inglewood Fine Arts gallery. He also represents several emerging artists from South America who will be introduced over the next several months. Tues to Sat 10:30 am - 5 pm, Thurs till 9 pm, Sun noon - 4 pm. JARVIS HALL FINE ART 617 11 Ave SW (lower level), Calgary, AB T2R 0E1 T. 403-206-9942 info@jarvishallfineart.com www.jarvishallfineart.com Exhibiting contemporary Canadian art in painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. Currently representing Mark Dicey, Elena Evanoff, Dean Turner and Carl White. Works of art on consignment are also available throughout the year by historical and contemporary Canadian and international artists. Submissions for representation or questions relating to consigning works of art for sale can be made via email. LATITUDE ART GALLERY 150-625 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E1 T. 403-262-9598 info@latitudeartgallery.com www.latitudeartgallery.com Located in the Design District on 11 Ave SW, Latitude Art Gallery showcases a variety of Canadian and international artists. They specialize in contemporary style art including landscapes, still life’s, abstract, and figurative. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5:30 am, Sat 11 am - 5 pm, and by appointment. LOCH GALLERY 1516 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1H5 T. 403-209-8542 Toll Free: 1-866-202-0888 calgary@lochgallery.com www.lochgallery.com Established in 1972 in Winnipeg, the Loch Gallery

specializes in building collections of quality Canadian, American, British and European paintings and sculpture. It represents original 19th and 20th century artwork of collectable and historic interest, as well as a select group of gifted professional artists from across Canada including Ivan Eyre, Leo Mol, Ron Bolt, Peter Sawatzky, Anna Wiechec, Philip Craig and Carol Stewart. Also located in Winnipeg and Toronto. Tues to Sat 10 am - 6 pm. MASTERS GALLERY 2115 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1W8 T. 403-245-2064 F. 403-244-1636 mastersgallery@shawcable.com www.mastersgalleryltd.com Celebrating more than 35 years of quality Canadian historical and contemporary art. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm. MOONSTONE CREATION NATIVE GALLERY 1416 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T5 T. 403-261-2650 F. 403-261-2654 yvonne@moonstonecreation.ca www.moonstonecreation.ca Along with showcasing the traditional artwork of owner Yvonne Jobin, the gallery represents many First Nations and Metis artists. Fine art, pottery, carvings, turquoise and Westcoast jewellery, beadwork, leatherwork and authentic, locally-made gifts can be found in this unique gallery. Tues to Sat 10:30 am - 6 pm, Sun 11 am - 4 pm. NEWZONES 730 - 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E4 T. 403-266-1972 F. 403-266-1987 info@newzones.com www.newzones.com/ Opened in 1992, Newzones represents leading names in contemporary Canadian art. The gallery has developed strong regional, national, and international followings for its artists. The focus has been a program of curated exhibitions, international art fairs and publishing projects. Services include consulting, collection building, installation and appraisals. Tues to Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm and by appointment. PAUL KUHN GALLERY 724 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E4 T. 403-263-1162 F. 403-262-9426

paul@paulkuhngallery.com www.paulkuhngallery.com Focuses on national and regional contemporary Canadian paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture; also shows contemporary American prints. Exhibitions change monthly featuring established and emerging artists along with themed group shows. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm. RUBERTO OSTBERG GALLERY 2108 18 St NW, Calgary, AB T2M 3T3 T. 403-289-3388 anna@ruberto-ostberg.com www.ruberto-ostberg.com This bright exhibition space in the residential community of Capitol Hill shows a variety of contemporary art styles and media in an inner city location for artists and art lovers to meet and interact. Some of the work is produced on-site by artists working in the adjoining Purple Door Art Studio space. Tues to Sat noon - 5 pm. SKEW GALLERY 1615 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 0J7 T. 403-244-4445 ebvisualarts@shaw.ca www.skewgallery.com A contemporary art gallery, offering an opportunity for both the uninitiated and the seasoned collector to view or acquire a dynamic range of painting, sculpture and photography from across Canada. Specializing in theme group exhibitions, with a focus on presenting topical art in an informed context. Monthly rotation of shows. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm and by appt. STEPHEN LOWE ART GALLERY 2nd level, Bow Valley Square III, 251, 255 - 5 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3G6 and West Market Square 505-1851 Sirocco Dr SW Calgary, AB T3H 4R5 T. 403-261-1602 F. 403-261-2981 stephenloweartgallery@shaw.ca www.stephenloweartgallery.ca Established since 1979, and now with two locations, the gallery features an extensive portfolio of distinguished Canadian artists offering fine original paintings, glass, ceramics and sculptures in traditional and contemporary genres. Ongoing solo and group exhibitions welcome everyone from browsers to experienced collectors. Personalized corporate and residential consulting. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm. (Free Sat parking in Bow Valley Square) THE COLLECTORS’ GALLERY OF ART 1332 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T3 T. 403-245-8300 F. 403-245-8315 mail@cgoart.com www.cgoart.com Specializing in important Canadian art from the 19th to the 21st century including early topograph-



A traveling exhibition organized by Daina Warren when she was aboriginal curatorial resident at the National Gallery of Canada, Don’t Stop Me Now! was inspired by the varied ways indigenous people travel today. “This group exhibition describes an indigenous world through many types of mobility: vehicles, bikes, planes, and spiritual travel through art,” says Warren, now director of Urban Shaman Contemporary Art in Winnipeg. The exhibition brings together 12 artists from Canada, New Zealand and the United States whose work is in the National Gallery’s permanent collection. The show includes Kevin McKenzie’s resin-cast buffalo skulls, which evoke the names of vintage hotrod cars. Meanwhile, Kevin Lee Burton uses text and sounds from the Cree language to create a visual soundscape in his video, Nikamowin (Song). Other artists include Sonny Assu, Norval Morrisseau, Terrance Houle, Tim Pitsiulak, Greg Staats, Taika Waititi, Steven Yazzie, Mike MacDonald, Larry McNeil and Jamasee Padluq Pitseolak. ABOVE: Kevin Lee Burton, Nikamowin (Song), 2007, digital video disk (DVD), 11:15 minutes, Collection of National Gallery of Canada

ical paintings, Canadian impressionists and Group of Seven. The Collectors’ Gallery represents over 30 prominent Canadian contemporary artists. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm. TRÉPANIERBAER 105, 999 8 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1J5 T. 403-244-2066 F. 403-244-2094 info@tbg1.com www.trepanierbaer.com A progressive and friendly commercial gallery specializing in the exhibition and sale of Canadian and international art. In addition to representing wellknown senior and mid-career artists, the gallery also maintains an active and successful program for the presentation of younger emerging Canadian artists’ work. Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm and by appointment. WALLACE GALLERIES LTD 500 5 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 3L5 T. 403-262-8050 F. 403-264-7112 colette@wallacegalleries.com www.wallacegalleries.com In the heart of downtown Calgary, Wallace Galleries Ltd. has been a part of the art community since 1986. With regular group and solo shows the gallery is proud to represent some of Canada’s most accomplished and upcoming contemporary artists working in oils, acrylics, mixed media and watercolor as well sculpture and pottery. There is always something visually stimulating to see at Wallace Galleries Ltd. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm.

WEBSTER GALLERIES 812 - 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E5 T. 403-263-6500 F. 403-263-6501 info@webstergalleries.com www.webstergalleries.com Established in 1979, the gallery exhibits an extensive collection of original oil and acrylic paintings, bronze, ceramic, stone sculptures and Inuit art in a 10,000 square foot space. Webster Galleries Inc also houses a complete frame design and workshop facility. Free parking at the rear of the gallery for customer convenience. Tues to Sat 10 am - 6 pm.

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Cooperative Galleries ALBERTA SOCIETY OF ARTISTS GALLERY AT LOUGHEED HOUSE 703 13 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0K8 T. 403-244-6333 north@artists-society.ab.ca www.artists-society.ab.ca Representing members of the society’s juried professional contemporary Alberta artists, the gallery strives to increase public awareness and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibition and education. Located in the lower level ballroom of historic Lougheed House. Wed to Fri 11 am - 4 pm, Sat and Sun 10 am - 4 pm.


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Graham Forsythe: Superlative Talent -- A Legacy, April 27 to May 11, Diana Paul Galleries, Calgary

Graham Forsythe’s passion for life is reflected in his vibrant paintings, colourful and impressionistic scenes by a man who had been legally blind for more than half his life. The Victoria-based artist, who died last year, embraced painting after eye surgery in 1991 opened a new world of colour. He had seen only shadows and shades of grey from birth. Excited by his new vision, Forsythe dedicated himself to painting. Nina Rogers, the owner of Diana Paul Galleries, says the Irish-born Forsythe embraced abstract art, exploring its colour and composition as a basis for more representational work. His show this spring includes 33 of his last pieces. “The paintings are abstract as a group and are outside of his normal work,” says Rogers. “They are amazing and lively – he was painting so well, hitting his stride as an artist.” In a statement about his work, Forsythe noted his interest in recording what he saw. “If I can unveil the essence of what I see into my paintings, they will transcend mere decoration and take on a life of their own.” — Dina O’Meara BELOW: Graham Fosythe, Beach Sprawl, oil on canvas, 24" x 30"

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UPCOMING Vanity Fare Craig LeBlanc March 22, 2013 May 4, 2013 Admission by donation


BEATEN PATH violence, women and art Public Opening Reception Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 6:00pm - 10:00pm Free Admission


“Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women, and Artt was organized by Art Works For Change, Inc., with generous support from the Oak Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the Donner Foundation”


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THE LEDGE GALLERY 205 8 Ave SE, EPCOR CENTRE, Calgary, AB T2P 0K9 T. 403-294-7455 tmcgrath@epcorcentre.org www.epcorcentre.org This unique exhibition space in the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts +15 pedway system overlooks Centre Court from the second floor of the Centre. The glass-walled space is most conducive to sculpture and installation. Exhibitions are selected through calls for submissions and curatorial practice and run for three month intervals. THE MILITARY MUSEUMS— FOUNDERS’ GALLERY 4520 Crowchild Tr SW, Calgary, AB T2T 5J4 T. 403-974-2847 F. 403-974-2858 artcurator@themilitarymuseums.ca www.themilitarymuseums.ca/galleryfounders Officially opened in 2009, and under The University of Calgary administration since 2012, The Founders’ Gallery contributes to Canadians’ understanding of military experience by displaying historic and contemporary works of art and related artifacts. The gallery hosts local, national, and international exhibitions, which change every few months. Mon to Fri 9 am – 5 pm, Sat and Sun 9:30 am – 4 pm.. CAMROSE

Daryl Vocat and Peter Kingstone: Sissies and Psychopaths, April 4 to May 11, SNAP Gallery, Edmonton

Many researchers believe gay and lesbian teens account for almost a third of youth suicides – a troubling estimate borne out by a spate of recent news reports. It’s a theme that echoes through the gut-wrenching work of Toronto artist Peter Kingstone and Daryl Vocat, who is from Saskatchewan. Both are in their 30s and have MFA degrees from York University in Toronto, but they grew up in communities with vastly different acceptance levels. Yet when they began to collaborate on a series of prints that address what it’s like to be a gay child, they found remarkable parallels. “When we were both five there was a definite feeling that there was something wrong, that we didn’t fit into the world around us,” says Kingstone. To express this experience, each artist selected childhood icons: cartoons, characters from pop culture and the like. They built each print through email conversation. Kingstone initiated The Nightmare Is Me with a reclining nude from a Playgirl magazine, a serene image he found beguiling as a youth. Vocat responded with a screaming woman. Fear surrounding the nude culminates in horror. A boy in a pool pushes another underwater as a printed death wish hovers above. This wish is too often fulfilled – not only due to gay bashing, but also to internalized pain that turns into cold, hard suicide statistics. — Agnieszka Matejko ABOVE: Peter Kingstone and Daryl Vocat, The Nightmare Is Me, 2010, screen print, 30" x 22" Two galleries and 23 onsite-artist studios. The 50+ artist members and invited artists show and sell their works in monthly changing exhibitions—from painting to sculpture; photography to textiles. Located next to the CPR tracks in Ramsay. Turn E from 8 St onto 11 Ave SE and follow the gravel road. Thurs & Fri 1 pm - 5 pm, Sat 11 am to 5 pm, or by appointment. Public Galleries ART GALLERY OF CALGARY 117 - 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B4 T. 403-770-1350 F. 403-264-8077 info@artgallerycalgary.org www.artgallerycalgary.org The Art Gallery of Calgary is an interactive and dynamic forum for contemporary art exhibitions and activities that foster appreciation and understanding of visual culture. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm. To 10 pm every first Thursday of the month. ESKER FOUNDATION GALLERY 444-101 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0H7 T. 403-930-2490 info@eskerfoundation.com www.eskerfoundation.com Opened in June 2012, the Esker Foundation, an initiative of Calgary philanthropists and art patrons Jim and Susan Hill, is the largest privatelyfunded, non-commercial gallery in Calgary. Featuring over 15,000 square feet of environmentally-controlled, purpose-built exhibition

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space, it’s a cultural platform for innovative and exceptional contemporary art exhibitions and educational events. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Thurs & Fri till 8 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm. GLENBOW MUSEUM 130 - 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0P3 T. 403-268-4100 F. 403-262-4045 glenbow@glenbow.org www.glenbow.org/ Located in the heart of downtown Calgary - visitors experience Glenbow Museum’s diverse exhibits, special programs and vast collections including Asian, Contemporary, Modernist and Historical Art. Daily 9 am - 5 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm. Adult $14, Sen $10, Stu $9, Family $28.00; Members and under 6 free. Glenbow Shop open daily 10 am - 5:30 pm. LEIGHTON ART CENTRE Box 9, Site 31, R.R. 8 Site 31, Comp. #9., RR 8 By Millarville, 16 km south of Calgary off Hwy 22 west, Calgary, AB T2J 2T9 T. 403-931-3633 F. 403-931-3673 info@leightoncentre.org www.leightoncentre.org The Leighton Art Centre is situated on 80 acres of spectacular landscape in the Alberta foothills, 15 minutes southwest of Calgary. This Alberta Historic Resource houses the former home of landscape painter A.C. Leighton. They offer changing exhibi-

tions, art sales, art workshops and children’s programming. Check website for full visitor’s information. Tues to Sat 10 am - 4 pm. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART - CALGARY 104-800 Macleod Tr SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2M3 T. 403-262-1737 F. 403-262-1764 jacek@mocacalgary.org www.mocacalgary,org Dedicated to the presentation of contemporary Canadian visual arts, architecture and design within a context of international art, the gallery is engaged in the advancement of knowledge and understanding of contemporary art practices through a balanced program of visual art exhibitions to the public of Calgary and visitors. Admission: adults - $4; senior/students - $2; family - $8; members - free; free general admission on Thurs. Tues to Fri 11 am - 5 pm, Sat noon - 4 pm. NICKLE GALLERIES Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary, 410 University Court NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 T. 403-220-7234 nickle@ucalgary.ca library.ucalgary.ca/nickle Now reopened in a landmark location on campus, the Nickle Galleries showcases the best of Alberta artists, currently featuring Marion Nicoll and Arthur Nishimura. Mon to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Thurs till 7 pm, Sat noon - 5 pm, closed Sun. FREE admission.

Commercial Gallery CANDLER ART GALLERY 5002 50 St, Camrose, AB T4V 1R2 T. 780-672-8401 F. 780-679-4121 Toll Free: 1-888-672-8401 candler@syban.net www.candlerartgallery.com Fresh, vibrant and alive describe both the artwork and the experience when you visit this recently restored gallery. You will discover a diverse group of both emerging and established artists including J. Brager, B. Cheng, R. Chow, H. deJager, K. Duke, J. Kamikura, E. Lower Pidgeon, J. Peters, A. Pfannmuller, K. Ritcher, D. Zasadny— all well priced. Mon to Fri 9 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 9:30 am - 5 pm. Or by appt. CANMORE CARTER-RYAN GALLERY AND LIVE ART VENUE 705 Main St, Canmore, AB T1W 2B2 T. 403-621-1000 info@carter-ryan.com www.carter-ryan.com Carter-Ryan Gallery is home to one of Canada’s most prolific contemporary Aboriginal artists, Jason Carter. Both a painter and soapstone carver, Carter illustrated “WHO IS BOO: The Curious Tales of One Trickster Rabbit”. And 21 of his 66 illustrations, on 30” x 40” canvases are now on display. Musical and theatrical acts change weekly in the back half of this 1700 sq ft gallery. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sun noon - 4 pm. THE AVENS GALLERY 104-709 Main St, Canmore, AB T1W 2B2 T. 403-678-4471 theavensgallery@telusplanet.net www.theavensgallery.com Established in 1980, the Avens Gallery features original works by both established and up-andcoming artists from the local area and across the West. The gallery prides itself on highlighting outstanding, and frequently changing, displays of paintings, glass sculpture, clay, wood, metal and bronze. Open daily 11 am - 5 pm with extended summer and Christmas hours. THE EDGE GALLERY 612 Spring Creek Drive, Canmore, AB T1W 0C7 T. 403-675-8300 theedgegallery@shaw.ca www.edgegallery.ca In the gallery: ongoing exhibitions of historical paintings and prints to contemporary, abstract works. In the frame shop: experienced staff with 25 years experience offers a wide selection of frames for mirrors, objects, needlework, paintings and prints, specializing in the handling and care of original artwork. Tues to Sat 10 am -5:30 pm or by appointment. Public Gallery CANMORE ART GUILD GALLERY Elevation Place 700 Railway Ave, Canmore, AB T1W 1P4 www.caag.ca This gallery, run by the Canmore Art Guild, has been in existence since 1980. There are seven CAG member shows, seven private shows and several community and local schools shows per year. All media are represented in the gallery including fine


COCHRANE Commercial Gallery JUST IMAJAN ART GALLERY/STUDIO 3-320 1 St West,, Cochrane, AB T4C 1X8 T. 403-932-7040 jbarmstrong@xplornet.com www.justimajan.com This inviting gallery features ten Canadian artists including two resident artists who paint in the back studio and welcome visitors to watch. A cherry wood bar, fireplace and antique accent pieces add interest and ambiance. Special event painting and commissions welcome. Tues noon - 5 pm; Wed to Fri 11 am - 5 pm; Sat 10 am - 5 pm; Sun noon - 4 pm. DRUMHELLER Commercial Galleries ATELIERO VERDA Box 1708, 40 3 Ave W, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0 T. 403-823-2455 jsveda@highout.com www.sveda-art.com The resident artist, Jacqueline Sveda is originally from Magog, Quebec, but has lived in Western Canada for the last 30 years. Her work is inspired by her surroundings, in which imagination plays a big role. She works in acrylic and mixed media flat art, as well as stone and wood carving. Guest artists participate in periodic exhibitions. Thurs to Sun 1:30 pm - 5 pm.

Lando Gallery in Edmonton has moved to a new, but equally large, corner space at 103-10310 124 St. FINE PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY Box 338, 20 3 Ave West, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0 T. 403-823-3686 Toll Free: 1-866-823-3686 mike@todorphoto.com www.todorphoto.com Owned and operated by Michael Todor, the gallery features pottery, watercolours, pen and ink sketches, pencil sketches and ammolite fine jewellery by Alberta artists— along with a permanent rotating display of Todor photographs. New shows with guest artists open on the second Saturday of each month. Custom picture framing. 10 am - 5:30 pm (May to Sep: Daily) (Sep to May: Mon to Sat). EDMONTON Artist-run Galleries HARCOURT HOUSE GALLERY 10215 112 St - 3rd Flr, Edmonton, AB T5K 1M7 T. 780-426-4180 F. 780-425-5523 harcourt@telusplanet.net www.harcourthouse.ab.ca The Arts Centre delivers a variety of services to both artists and the community, and acts as an essential alternative site for the presentation, distribution and promotion of contemporary art. The gallery presents 10 five-week exhibitions, from local, provincial and national artists, collectives and arts organizations as well as an annual members’ show. Mon to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat noon - 4 pm.

Longtime Edmonton 124 Street gallerist Marianne Scott has announced her retirement and hands the reins of Scott Gallery to new owner Heather Hamel.

artbeat@telusplanet.net www.artbeat.ab.ca Located in the Arts and Heritage District of St. Albert, this is a family-owned business. New owner, Brigitte Strand continues to specialize in original artwork by Western Canadian artists. Paintings in all media, sculpture, pottery, and art glass. Home and corporate consulting. Certified picture framer. Part of St. Albert Artwalk - May through August. Tues to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Thur to 8 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm.

Agnes Bugera Gallery in Edmonton Gallery Walk district is now Bugera Matheson Gallery as Agnes’ daughter Angela has taken over the business. BEARCLAW GALLERY 10403 124 St, Edmonton, AB T5N 3Z5 T. 780-482-1204 F. 780-488-0928 info@bearclawgallery.com www.bearclawgallery.com Specializing in Canadian First Nations and Inuit art since 1975 from artists including Daphne Odjig, Norval Morrisseau, Roy Thomas, Maxine Noel, Jim Logan, George Littlechild, Jane Ash Poitras, Alex Janvier and Aaron Paquette. A wide variety of paintings, jade and Inuit soapstone carvings, and Navajo and Northwest coast jewellery. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm. BUGERA MATHESON GALLERY 12310 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5N 3K5 T. 780-482-2854 F. 780-482-2591 info@bugeramathesongallery.com www.bugeramathesongallery.com Agnes Bugera has been in the art gallery business since 1975, and her daughter Angela has recently taken over the business. They are pleased to continue representing an excellent group of established and emerging Canadian artists. Spring and Fall exhibitions offer a rich variety of quality fine art including landscape, still life, and abstract paintings as well as sculpture and photography. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm and by appointment. CHRISTL BERGSTROM’S RED GALLERY 9621 Whyte (82) Ave , Edmonton, AB T6C 0Z9 T. 780-439-8210 F. 780-435-0429 christl@christlbergstrom.com www.christlbergstrom.com This storefront gallery and studio, in the Mill Creek area of Old Strathcona, features the work of Edmonton artist Christl Bergstrom, both recent and past work including still lifes, portraits, nudes and landscapes. Mon to Fri 11 am - 5 pm, Sat by appt.

Celebrating 40 years, Edmonton’s Latitude 53 artist-run centre will be moving in early 2013 to 10242 106 St. DAFFODIL GALLERY 10412 124 St, Edmonton, AB T5N 1R5 T. 780-760-1278 info@daffodilgallery.ca www.daffodilgallery.ca “From England, with love” is the theme of Daffodil Gallery, fulfilling a dream of Karen Bishop and partner Rick Rogers to create an unpretentious gallery, welcoming to both experienced and new art collectors. It features established and emerging Canadian artists, representing a wide range of artistic styles— from traditional to contemporary. Tues to Sat 10:30 am - 5 pm.

SNAP GALLERY 10123 121 St, Edmonton, AB T5N 3W9 T. 780-423-1492 F. 780-424-9117 snap@snapartists.com www.snapartists.com Established in 1982 as an independent, cooperatively-run fine art printshop, the SNAP (Society of Northern Alberta Print-artists) mandate is to promote, facilitate and communicate print and printrelated contemporary production. A complete print shop and related equipment are available to members. Ten exhibitions are scheduled each year. Tues to Sat noon - 5 pm.

DOUGLAS UDELL GALLERY 10332 124 St, Edmonton, AB T5N 1R2 T. 780-488-4445 F. 780-488-8335 dug@douglasudellgallery.com www.douglasudellgallery.com In the art business in Edmonton since 1967 and Vancouver since 1986, Douglas Udell Gallery represents many of Canada’s leading contemporary artists as well as some of the leading young artists gaining momentum in the international playing field. The gallery also buys and sells in the secondary market in Canadian historical as well as international. Tues to Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, Mon by appt.

Commercial Galleries ART BEAT GALLERY 26 St Anne St, St Albert, AB T8N 1E9 T. 780-459-3679 F. 780-459-3677

GALERIE PAVA 9524 87 ST, Edmonton, AB T6C 3J1 T. 780-461-3234 F. 780-461-4053 gisele@savacava.com




arts, photography, textiles and sculpture. Mon to Thu 11 am - 8 pm, Fri to Sun 11 am - 5 pm.

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Tracy Proctor Original Encaustic Art & Commissions

www.tracyproctor.com Visit my website for upcoming exhibits and workshops Studio visits are always welcome. Please phone ahead: (403) 818 - 2456 421 Glamorgan Pl. SW. Calgary, AB. T3E 6M1




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SPRING WALKs!PRIL   Bearclaw Gallery 10403 124 St 780-482-1204


Bugera Matheson Gallery 12310 Jasper Ave 780-482-2854 www.bugeramathesongallery.com

Daffodil Gallery 10412 124 St 780-760-1278 www.daffodilgallery.ca

Peter Robertson Gallery 12304 Jasper Ave 780-455-7479 www.probertsongallery.com

Scott Gallery 10411 124 St 780-488-3619 www.scottgallery.com

SNAP Gallery 10123 121 St 780-423-1492 www.snapartists.com

The Front Gallery 12312 Jasper Ave 780-488-2952 www.thefrontgallery.com

West End Gallery 12308 Jasper Ave 780-488-4892 www.westendgalleryltd.com


4AKEASELF GUIDEDWALK ing tour of the eight member galleries on the Edmonton Gallery Walk. The close proximity and diversity of the galleries provides an attraction for art lovers everywhere. Just west of the downtown core in the 124th Street area.

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Margaret Witschl: Game Pieces, To February 2, Art Gallery of St. Albert, Alberta

Margaret Witschl doesn’t recall being an anxious person. Her busy and distinguished career as a teacher, corporate curator, government art consultant and practicing artist attests to her ability to juggle life’s stresses. But her sanguine attitude changed one fateful day in 1990. She was on holiday, skiing happily when another skier slammed into her sister. Witschl’s sister slowly recovered, but their lives were never the same. From that point, art became a conduit to grapple with her fears and address broader social issues about anxiety disorders. “I choose images that convey unease and anxiety,” explains Witschl, gazing at her disquieting paintings. Each canvas divides into nine loosely formed sections reminiscent of board games. On this “playing field,” Witschl places fear-inducing objects such as the institutional bed frame that floats in the bottom section of Runner Up. It could be her sister’s empty hospital bed or one from a seniors’ home. Above, a black form creeps across the canvas like spilled ink or a multi-legged tarantula. (Ripped tires the artist collects on roadsides inspire this shape.) Witschl allows objects to interact with each other, building on subconscious associations in the manner of the Surrealists. Filtered through Witschl’s dream-like vistas, the deeply personal becomes universal. — Agnieszka Matejko ABOVE: Margaret Witschl, Runner Up, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 52" x 52" www.savacava.com Created in 2011 by the Société francophone des arts visuels de l’Alberta, PAVA is committed to the promotion of contemporary art by emerging and established artists from the local, provincial and national art scenes. Artists are encouraged to research projects reflecting cultural and social diversity. Juried themed exhibitions change monthly. Tues to Sat 10 am - 4 pm or by appointment at 780-461-3427. LANDO GALLERY 103-10310 124 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 1R2 T. 780-990-1161 mail@landogallery.com www.landogallery.com Edmonton’s largest commercial art gallery is now located on the corner of 103 Avenue and 124 Street. Lando Gallery continues to offer superior quality Canadian and international fine art and fine objects, expert custom picture framing, fine art appraisals and many other art related services. Open Mon to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm, or by appointment.

PETER ROBERTSON GALLERY 12304 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5N 3K5 T. 780-455-7479 info@probertsongallery.com www.probertsongallery.com Representing a roster of over 40 emerging, mid-career, and senior Canadian artists, this contemporary gallery space features a wide range of media and subject matter. Whether working with established collectors, or with those looking to purchase their first piece, Peter Robertson Gallery strives to inform, challenge, and retain relevance within the broader art community. Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm. PICTURE THIS! 959 Ordze Road, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4L7 T. 780-467-3038 F. 780-464-1493 Toll Free: 1-800-528-4278 info@picturethisgallery.com www.picturethisgallery.com Picture This! framing & gallery have been helping clients proudly display their life treasures and assisting them to discover the beauty of the world


through fine art since 1981. Now representing the Western Lights Artists Group and offering a diverse selection of originals by national and international artists. Mon to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Thurs till 9 pm, Sat till 5 pm. ROWLES & COMPANY LTD 108 LeMarchand Mansion, 11523 100 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5K 0J8 T. 780-426-4035 F. 780-429-2787 rowles@rowles.ca www.rowles.ca Relocated to LeMarchand Mansion. Features over 100 western Canadian artists in original paintings, bronze, blown glass, metal, moose antler, marble and soapstone. Specializing in supplying the corporate marketplace, the gallery offers consultation for Service Award Programs, and complete fulfillment for a wide variety of corporate projects. Open to the public. Mon to Fri 9 am - 5 pm, Sat - by appt. RR GALLERY 10219 106 St, Edmonton, AB T5J 1H5 T. 780-757-3463 F. 780-757-3463 robert@rrgallery.ca www.rrgallery.ca RR Gallery offers original paintings, pastels and photography by such artists as Anna BerezaPiorkowska, Jonathan Havelock and, from Brazil, Litza Cohen. Partners Richard Lajczak and Robert Thomas also have more than twenty years experience in museum-grade printing, limited edition prints, drymounting and laminating, canvas stretching and custom picture framing. Mon to Fri 9 am - 5:30 pm, Thurs till 7 pm and Sat 10 am - 5 pm. SCOTT GALLERY 10411 124 St, Edmonton, AB T5N 3Z5 T. 780-488-3619 F. 780-488-4826 info@scottgallery.com www.scottgallery.com Established in 1986, the Scott Gallery features Canadian contemporary art representing over thirty established and emerging Canadian artists. Exhibits include paintings, works on paper including handpulled prints and photography, ceramics and sculpture. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm. THE FRONT GALLERY 12312 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5N 3K5 T. 780-488-2952 F. 780-452-6240 thefrontgallery@shaw.ca www.thefrontgallery.com Located in Edmonton’s gallery walk district. Since opening in 1979 the gallery has specialized in exhibiting fine art and craft by Alberta artists, with exhibitions changing every three weeks. Tues to Fri 11 am - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm. WEST END GALLERY 12308 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5N 3K5 T. 780-488-4892 F. 780-488-4893 info@westendgalleryltd.com www.westendgalleryltd.com Established in 1975, this fine art gallery is known for representing leading artists from across Canada— paintings, sculpture and glass art in traditional and contemporary styles. Exhibitions via e-mail available by request. Second location in Victoria since 1994. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm. Public Galleries ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL GALLERY 10186-106 St, Edmonton, AB T5J 1H4 T. 780-488-5900 F. 780-488-8855 acc@albertacraft.ab.ca www.albertacraft.ab.ca Alberta’s only public gallery dedicated to fine craft presents four exhibitions in the main gallery each year. The Discovery Gallery features new works by ACC members. The gallery shop offers contemporary and traditional fine crafts including pottery, blown glass, jewelry, woven and quilted fabrics, home accessories, furniture and much more. All are hand-made by Alberta and Canadian craft artists. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Thurs till 6 pm; closed Sun. ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA 2 Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB T5J 2C1 T. 780-422-6223 F. 780-426-3105 info@youraga.ca www.youraga.ca Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta is an 85,000 square foot premier presentation venue for international and Canadian art, education and scholarship. The AGA is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, expressing the creative spirit of Alberta and connecting people, art and ideas. Tues to Fri 11 am - 7 pm, Sat & Sun 10 am - 5 pm.


ART GALLERY OF ST ALBERT 19 Perron St, St Albert, AB T8N 1E5 T. 780-460-4310 F. 780-460-9537 ahfgallery@artsheritage.ca artgalleryofstalbert.com Located in the historic Banque d’Hochelaga in St. Albert, the gallery features contemporary art, usually by Alberta artists, who show their painting, sculpture, video, quilts, glass and ceramics at both the provincial and national level. Monthly exhibitions, adult lectures and workshops, “Looking at Art” school tours, art rental and sales plus a gallery gift shop. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Thurs till 8 pm. CENTRE D’ARTS VISUELS D’ALBERTA (CAVA) 9103 95 Ave, Edmonton, AB T6C 1Z4 T. 780-461-3427 F. 780-461-4053 gisele@savacava.com www.savacava.com The Centre is an eclectic mix of fine art and craft from the Société’s 165 members. These Albertabased artists work in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, woodworking and other fine crafts including pottery, jewellery, woven and quilted fabric and much more. The ‘galerie’ exhibitions change twice monthly. Mon to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm.

Brenda Francis Pelkey From the Outside In March 4 - April 28, 2013 Reception: March 8 @ 7:00 pm

Curated by Brenda Barry Byrne

gallery 501 #120, 501 Festival Avenue Sherwood Park, Alberta 780-410-8585 www.strathcona.ca/artgallery Hall Avenue, 2012, Colour Print, 36” x 48”

Featuring Parkland Prairie Artists

STRATHCONA COUNTY ART GALLERY @ 501 120-501 Festival Ave, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4X3 T. 780-410-8585 F. 780-410-8580 artgallery@strathcona.ab.ca www.strathcona.ca/artgallery Strathcona County opened the doors on March 10, 2011 to Gallery @ 501 located in the Community Centre in Sherwood Park, AB. The gallery will be exhibiting contemporary artwork from regional, provincial, national and international artists and is currently accepting exhibition proposals from artists and curators. Mon to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Tues and Thurs 10 am - 8 pm, Sat 10 am - 4 pm, Sun noon - 4 pm. VAAA GALLERY 10215 112 St, 3rd Flr, Edmonton, AB T5K 1M7 T. 780-421-1731 F. 780-421-1857 Toll Free: 1-866-421-1731 info@visualartsalberta.com www.visualartsalberta.com Visual Arts Alberta Association is a non-profit Provincial Arts Service Organization (PASO) for the visual arts which celebrates, supports and develops Alberta’s visual culture. The gallery hosts an ongoing exhibition schedule. Wed to Fri 10 am - 4 pm, Sat noon - 4 pm.

5002 - 50 Street Camrose, AB T4V 1R2 1-888-672-8401 www.candlerartgallery.com candler@syban.net Joyce Kamikura, Waterlillies, Acrylic, 16” x 16”

Art Supplies, Picture Framing, Prints, Posters, Rocks & Crystals

GRANDE PRAIRIE Public Gallery ART GALLERY OF GRANDE PRAIRIE 103-9839 103 Ave, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 6M7 T. 780-532-8111 F. 780-539-9522 info@aggp.ca www.aggp.ca The Prairie Art Gallery has been renamed the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie in celebration of its major expansion into the restored 1929 Grande Prairie High School building. It is a public, non-commercial environment dedicated to assisting in the enjoyment of visual arts. It maintains the largest public art collection in the Peace Region. Mon to Thurs 10 am - 9 pm, Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 1 pm - 5 pm. HIGH RIVER Commercial Gallery PIKE STUDIOS AND GALLERY 70 9 Ave SE, High River, AB T1V 1L4 T. 403-652-5255 info@pikestudios.com www.pikestudios.com From their studios Bob and Connie Pike produce a wide range of art and fine craft. Bob works in metal, making gates, art boxes, tables and assorted architectural accents. Connie makes high temperature, reduction-fired porcelain— from one-of-akind pieces to an extensive selection of functional pottery for everyday use. Studio tours available by appointment. JASPER Commercial Gallery MOUNTAIN GALLERIES AT THE FAIRMONT Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, #1 Old Lodge Rd, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0

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Winter Hours (September to May) Monday - Friday: 10AM - 6PM; Thursday 10AM - 9PM Summer Hours (June to August) Monday-Friday: 10AM - 6PM; Thursday 10AM - 9PM; Saturday 1 - 4PM 118 - 4th street, Estevan, SK â&#x201D;&#x201A;(P) 306 634 7644â&#x201D;&#x201A;www.eagm.ca

BIG BANG THEORY Unravelling the Mysteries of Art, Science and Fantasy On view until March 31, 2013

    A permanent collection exhibition organized by the MacKenzie Art Gallery with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the City of Regina and the University of Regina. Ron Noganosh, Forget Me Not, 1999, mixed media installation. Collection of the MacKenzie Art Gallery, gift of Alexandra Bedyn.

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Monique Blom, Tamara Rusnak and Stacia Verigin: The Wayward Symbionts, January 30 to March 6, Art Gallery of Regina

Seen the cartoon where the Earth is sitting, worried? A doctor is diagnosing the planet: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m afraid you have a bad case â&#x20AC;&#x201C; of humans.â&#x20AC;? Ecology is often thought of as the fatalistic realization that human progress has wrecked the Earth. In contrast, The Wayward Symbionts, an installation of new work by Monique Blom, Tamara Rusnak and Stacia Verigin, is a complex meditation on the interwoven relationships between place and spirit, body and mind, human and environment. Blom uses elements from her site-specific work with living trees, objects gathered from her farmstead and a projection of her younger self to explore the dialogue between childhood experience and the adult self. Rusnakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wall-sized drawing of an alchemical digestive system traces links between physical and mental selves, inspired by scientific study of diet and psychology. Veriginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s miniatures in sawdust, plastic and glue recreate the natural for a retro-futuristic cabinet of curiosities. In the collection, a tiny silicone whale wears a party hat as a macabre and quirky celebration of its own demise. Although they work in separate studios, the artists developed the installation in discussion with curator Marsha Kennedy, a painter whose work expresses reverence for natural systems and explores murky emotional and metaphysical areas in the scientific paradigm. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Margaret Bessai ABOVE: Tamara Rusnak, Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the inside that matters, 2012, mixed media on paper, detail T. 780-852-5378 F. 780-852-7292 Toll Free: 1-888-310-9726 jasper@mountaingalleries.com www.mountaingalleries.com Located in The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Mountain Galleries is a favourite stop for collectors of Canadian art, featuring museum-quality paintings, sculpture and unique Inuit carvings. With three galleries, a combined total of 6080 square feet of exhibition space, and a state of the art warehouse/ studio in Jasper, they frequently host exhibitions, artist demonstrations and workshops. Daily 8 am - 10 pm. LACOMBE Public Gallery LACOMBE MEMORIAL CENTRE ART GALLERY 5214 50 Ave, Lacombe, AB T. 403-782-1266 recreation@lacombe.ca The City of Lacombeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public art collection is permanently on display featuring nationally-renowned and local artisansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work that is representative of local culture. With over 100 pieces, the collection continues to expand. All pieces are submitted to a selection panel for curatorial guidance. Formal and informal invitations to submit pieces are extended. Mon to Sat 9 am - 5 pm.

LETHBRIDGE Commercial Gallery TRIANON GALLERY 104 5 St S - Upstairs, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2B2 T. 403-380-2787 F. 403-329-1654 Toll Free: 1-866-380-2787 trianon@savillarchitecture.com www.savillarchitecture.com Formerly the Trianon Ballroom (1930s-1960s), the gallery is an informal mix between a gallery and an architectural office. Its open space and philosophy allows for creative community responses. Exhibitions range from nationally-renowned artists to aspiring students. A second exhibition space, Le Petit Trianon is now open downstairs. Public Galleries GALT MUSEUM & ARCHIVES 502 1 St S ( 5 Ave S & Scenic Dr), Lethbridge, AB T1J 0P6 T. 403-320-3898 F. 403-329-4958 Toll Free: 1-866-320-3898 info@galtmuseum.com www.galtmuseum.com A vibrant gathering place meeting historical, cultural and educational needs, the Galt engages and educates its communities in the human history of southwestern Alberta by preserving and sharing collections, stories and memories that define collective identity and guide the future. Award-winning


exhibits, events, programs. (May 15 - Aug 31) Mon to Sat 10 am - 6 pm; (Sep 1 - May 14) Mon to Sat 10 am - 4:30 pm; (year-round) Thurs till 9 pm, Sun 1 - 4:30 pm. Admission charge.

fine artists and artisans. Mon 10 am - 5:30 pm, and by appointment.

SOUTHERN ALBERTA ART GALLERY 601 3 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0H4 T. 403-327-8770 F. 403-328-3913 info@saag.ca www.saag.ca One of Canada’s foremost public galleries, SAAG fosters the work of contemporary visual artists who push the boundaries of their medium. Regularly changing exhibitions are featured in three distinct gallery spaces. Learning programs, film screenings and special events further contribute to local culture. Gift Shop and a Resource Library. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 1 pm - 5 pm.

Public Gallery RED DEER MUSEUM + ART GALLERY 4525 47A Ave, Red Deer, AB T4N 6Z6 T. 403-309-8405 F. 403-342-6644 museum@reddeer.ca www.reddeermuseum.com The MAG combines elements of a museum and art gallery to inspire a passion for history and art while creating memorable experiences for visitors of all ages. The rotating exhibit schedule presents a glimpse of Red Deer’s historical and contemporary life, and brings world-class exhibitions to the city. In March 2013 the MAG will launch a permanent history exhibition “The Place Between: Stories from the Heart of the Parkland”. Mon to Fri 10 am - 4:30 pm, wknd noon - 4:30 pm.

UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE ART GALLERY W600, Centre for the Arts, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4 T. 403-329-2666 F. 403-382-7115 galleryinfo@uleth.ca www.uleth.ca/artgallery The gallery serves the campus community and general public with a permanent collection of more than 13,000 works; by presenting local and touring exhibitions; and by supporting research at all levels through publications and an on-line database. Main Gallery Mon to Fri 10 am - 4:30 pm, Thur till 8:30 pm. Helen Christou Gallery - Level 9 LINC, Daily 8 am - 9 pm. Special activities on website. MEDICINE HAT Public Galleries ESPLANADE ART GALLERY 401 First St SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8W2 T. 403-502-8580 F. 403-502-8589 mhmag@city.medicine-hat.ab.ca www.esplanade.ca This is a new home for the Medicine Hat Museum, Art Gallery and Archives, as well as a 700-seat theatre. The gallery accommodates a wide range of art exhibitions, including contemporary and historical, regional, national and international art. Exhibitions are often accompanied by receptions, talks and tours. Adults - $4, Youth and Student - $3, 6 & Under - Free, Family - $12, Thur Free for all ages. Mon to Fri 9 am - 5 pm, Sat noon - 5 pm. MEDALTA IN THE HISTORIC CLAY DISTRICT 713 Medalta Ave SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 3K9 T. 403-529-1070 info@medalta.org www.medalta.org Medalta is a century-old factory which has been converted into an industrial museum, working pottery and contemporary ceramic arts centre. The Yuill Family Gallery features contemporary artwork from the Medalta International Artists in Residence program and travelling art exhibitions. (Summer) Victoria Day to Labour Day - Daily 9:30 am - 5 pm; (Winter) Tues to Sat 10 am - 4 pm. OKOTOKS Public Gallery OKOTOKS ART GALLERY | AT THE STATION PO Box 20, 53 North Railway St, Okotoks, AB T1S 1K1 T. 403-938-3204 F. 403-938-8963 culture@okotoks.ca www.okotoksculture.ca The OAG reflects the creativity and dynamic energy of both the Town of Okotoks and the Foothills region. It presents an ongoing series of contemporary and historical art exhibitions. Recent exhibits include “Alberta and the Group of Seven”, Lou Lynn’s “Retro-active”, and “Celebrity Icons” which featured six works by Andy Warhol. (Summer) Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm; Sun and hols noon - 5 pm; (Fall & Winter) Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm. (closed statutory holidays) PONOKA Commercial Gallery SIDING 14 GALLERY 5214 50 St, PO Box 4403, Ponoka, AB T4J 1S1 T. 403-790-5387 siding14@shaw.ca Siding 14 Gallery takes its name from early CPR days when Ponoka was a waterstop on the Edmonton-Calgary mainline. Today it features artwork from Western Canada, across the country and beyond. At its core is the studio of Mary MacArthur and Danny Lineham (“Those Great Little Books”) who are proud to showcase not only their own work in the ‘ancient book arts’, but that of other



SASKATCHEWAN GALLERIES ASSINIBOIA Public Gallery SHURNIAK ART GALLERY 122 3 Ave W, PO Box 1178, Assiniboia, SK S0H 0B0 T. 306-642-5292 F. 306-642-4541 info@shurniakartgallery.com www.shurniakartgallery.com The gallery features its founder’s private collection of paintings, sculptures, and artifacts from around the world. Rotating exhibitions by invited artists. New Beginnings TeaRoom on premises. Admission free. Tues to Sat 10 am - 4:30 pm, Sun (Apr - Dec) 1 pm - 5 pm, closed public holidays and holiday weekends unless otherwise posted.

DAG Volumes: No. 1 (2012) A new anthology series published by the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library Artists In Review: This limited edition, 240 page hardcover publication is the first in an annual series. Over 130 full-colour photographs accompany essays on the DAG’s programs throughout 2012.

Michelle Brownridge, Louise Bédard and Rober Racine, Martha Cole, The Contrary Collective, CORPUS, Amber Dalton, Trevor Gould, Kyle Herranen, Terrance Houle, Karli Jessup, Shelagh Keeley, Robin Lambert, Caitlin Mullan, Susan Shantz, Turner Prize*, Daryl Vocat, and Jennifer Wanner

Contributing Authors: Margaret Bessai, Curtis Collins, Blair Fornwald, Linda Jansma, Wanda Nanibush, Wendy Peart, Carmen Robertson, Evie Ruddy, Scott Watson, and Katherine Ylitalo

To Purchase copies of DAG Volumes: No. 1 (2012), for $60.00 plus tax, please call (306) 777-6040 or email dunlop@reginalibrary.ca.

ESTEVAN Public Gallery ESTEVAN ART GALLERY & MUSEUM 118 4 St, Estevan, SK S4A 0T4 T. 306-634-7644 F. 306-634-2940 eagm@sasktel.net www.eagm.ca This public gallery offers a free exchange of ideas and perspectives to reflect the rapidly expanding social and cultural diversity. With the collaboration of provincial and national institutions, the gallery seeks to make contemporary art accessible, meaningful, and vital to diverse audiences of all ages. Tues to Fri 8:30 am - 6 pm, Sat 1 pm - 4 pm.


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MELFORT Public Gallery SHERVEN-SMITH ART GALLERY 206 Bemister Ave East, Box 310, Melfort, SK S0E 1A0 T. 306-752-4177 F. 306-752-5556 l.terry@cityofmelfort.ca www.kerryvickarcentre.ca Located 2 hours north of Saskatoon, the gallery is dedicated to the presentation and promotion of emerging local and provincial artists. Since opening in 2010, the gallery has held an eclectic mix of exhibits With new exhibits each month, the gallery is always looking for artists interested in showcasing their work.Admission free. Mon to Fri 9 am - 5:30 pm. MOOSE JAW Commercial Gallery YVETTE MOORE FINE ART GALLERY 76 Fairford St W, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 1V1 T. 306-693-7600 F. 306-693-7602 info@yvettemoore.com www.yvettemoore.com Showcasing the award-winning works of Yvette Moore, her gallery features her original artwork, limited edition prints, framed artcards and art plaques along with the works of other artisans, shown amid the copper grandeur of the former 1910 Land Titles Office. Food service. Corner Fairford and 1 Ave. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5 pm. PRINCE ALBERT Public Gallery THE MANN ART GALLERY 142 12 St W, Prince Albert, SK S6V 3B8 T. 306-763-7080 F. 306-953-4814 curator@mannartgallery.ca www.mannartgallery.ca The Mann Art Gallery features a varied exhibition schedule promoting local, provincial and national

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www.neutralground.sk.ca Neutral Ground supports contemporary art practices through both presentation and production activities. Its curatorial vision is responsive to its regional milieu in a translocal context. Programming emphasizes the contribution to new and experimental processes and supports inclusion and diversity. Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm and designated evening performances, openings, screenings. Commercial Galleries ASSINIBOIA GALLERY 2266 Smith St, Regina, SK S4P 2P4 T. 306-522-0997 mail@assiniboia.com www.assiniboia.com Established in 1977, the Assiniboia Gallery showcases contemporary and traditional works of art by established and emerging visual artists. The main focus is professional Canadian artists including Sheila Kernan, Robert Genn, Kimberly Kiel, Rick Bond, Angela Morgan and many more. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 10 an -5 pm. MYSTERIA GALLERY 2706 13 Ave, Regina, SK S4T 1N3 T. 306-522-0080 F. 306-522-5410 info@www.mysteria.ca www.mysteria.ca Mysteria Gallery is an artist-owned venue for established and emerging local artists. Explore diverse media in a modern context. Experience fine art and fine jewelry in a fresh atmosphere. Mon to Sat noon - 5:30 pm or by appt. NOUVEAU GALLERY 2146 Albert St, Regina, SK S4P 2T9 T. 306-569-9279 info@nouveaugallery.com www.nouveaugallery.com At Nouveau Gallery, formerly the Susan Whitney Gallery, look forward to works by many of Saskatchewan’s most recognized artists, the continuation of the Whitney Gallery’s vision plus a few surprises as Meagan Perreault puts her personal stamp on the new gallery. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, and by appt.

Steven Ackerman, People and Music, February 8 to February 22, Gurevich Fine Art, Winnipeg

For his first show with Gurevich Fine Art in Winnipeg, photographer Steven Ackerman – whose work has appeared in The Onion, Vice and Border Crossings magazines — sought out the “remarkable mood that exists” at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, now in its 40th year After returning from Brooklyn, where he moved after receiving his BFA from Syracuse University, Ackerman produced Nocturnal Landscapes in 2010. Using long exposures, he captured the “magical properties” of the festival’s nighttime side, depicting campers under the stars and other post-sunset illumination. He began daytime B&W portraits of campers in 2011, then shot performers such as Feist, Charles Bradley, Mary Gauthier and Winnipeg’s Chic Gamine last summer in the same stripped down fashion. “I’ve been doing portraits for years,” Ackerman says, “trying to visualize our humanity.” It’s the element he sought, for example, among Elvis impersonators and Hasidic Jewish kids in The Americas, a series shot throughout North and South America. Then there’s his ongoing B&W Portraits, featuring a range of Western Canadians. Regarding the folk festival, Ackerman says he apprehended from both attendees and performers the same “warm, wide-eyed enthusiasm” for the event, an oasis of time and place when festival goers re-connect with their fellows. The show is thus thematically continuous with Ackerman’s series, The Oasis, based at a Winnipeg public pool. Also recurring is the artist’s affinity for heightened reality, the ethereal and the beautiful, with his musician subjects almost glowing. Simultaneously, rarely do many stars agree to appear so candid and non-glamourized – which visually encapsulates, perhaps, the essence of folk music itself. — Kenton Smith ABOVE: Steven Ackerman, Floyd, 2012, photograph, 11" x 14" artists, as well as curated exhibitions, lectures and workshops. It also houses a permanent collection of over 600 individual works from well-known provincial artists. Their education and professional development initiatives encourage public awareness and appreciation of the visual arts. Mon to Sat noon - 5 pm.

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REGINA Artist-run Galleries NEUTRAL GROUND 203-1856 Scarth St, Regina, SK S4P 2G3 T. 306-522-7166 F. 306-522-5075 neutralground@accesscomm.ca

The Analog. art.craft.design - has opened at 1621 11 Ave in Regina with one-of-a-kind selection of art & craft from Saskatchewan artists. TRADITIONS HANDCRAFT GALLERY 2714 13 Ave, Regina, SK S4T 1N3 T. 306-569-0199 traditions@sasktel.net www.traditionshandcraftgallery.ca Traditions exhibits the work of professional craft artisans who have successfully completed the exacting jury process of the Saskatchewan Craft Council. The gallery carries a full range of fine craft media, including ceramics, wood, fibre, metal, glass, and jewellery. Mon to Sat 10 am - 5:30 pm. Public Galleries ART GALLERY OF REGINA Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre, 2420 Elphinstone St, Regina, SK S4T 3N9 T. 306-522-5940 F. 306-522-5944 info@artgalleryofregina.ca www.artgalleryofregina.ca Features contemporary art with an emphasis on Saskatchewan artists. Exhibitions change frequently. Access via 15 Ave and McTavish St. Mon to Thur 1 pm - 5 pm and 6:30 pm - 9 pm. Fri to Sun 1 pm - 5 pm. MACKENZIE ART GALLERY T C Douglas Building, 3475 Albert St, Regina, SK S4S 6X6 T. 306-584-4250 F. 306-569-8191 mackenzie@uregina.ca www.mackenzieartgallery.sk.ca Excellent collection of art from historical to contemporary works by Canadian, American and international artists. Major touring exhibits. Gallery Shop, 175-seat Theatre, Learning Centre and Resource Centre. Corner of Albert St and 23rd Ave, SW corner of Wascana Centre. Mon to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Fri till 9 pm; Sun and hol noon - 5:30 pm. ROCKGLEN Commercial Gallery NEIL JONES STUDIO GALLERY 1006 4 St N, PO Box 382, Rockglen, SK S0H 3R0 T. 306-535-9079 neiljones@sasktel.net www.neiljoneswildelifeartist.com

Self-taught wildlife artist, Neil Jones opens his studio gallery to the public to view his own work and that of other Saskatchewan artists. Painting in oils, his finely-painted images are rich with colour and action, capturing his passion for his subjects. His works have been featured by Ducks Unlimited and are held in both public and private collections throughout North America. Commissions welcome. Wed to Sun noon - 5 pm (Summer); by appointment or by chance (Jan to May). SASKATOON Commercial Galleries ART PLACEMENT INC 228 3 Ave S, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1L9 T. 306-664-3385 F. 306-933-2521 gallery@artplacement.com www.artplacement.com Established in 1978, the gallery’s primary emphasis is on senior and mid-career Saskatchewan artists while also representing several established western Canadian painters and overseeing a number of artist estates. Presents a year round exhibition schedule alternating solo and group exhibitions. Centrally located downtown in the Traveller’s Block Annex. Tues to Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm.

Darrell Bell Gallery has moved to 405-105 21 St E in Saskatoon with new retail gift shop ‘Lifestyles by Darrell Bell Gallery’ at street level. COLLECTOR’S CHOICE ART GALLERY 625D 1 Ave N, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1X7 T. 306-665-8300 F. 306-664-4094 sales@collectorschoice.ca www.collectorschoice.ca Represents Saskatchewan and Canadian artists including Lou Chrones, Malaika Z Charbonneau, Julie Gutek, Cecelia Jurgens, Paul Jacoby, Valerie Munch, Jon Einnersen, Don Hefner, Reg Parsons, Bill Schwarz. The gallery offers a variety of contemporary paintings in watercolour, acrylic, oil, and mixed media and sculpture in bronze, stone and metal plus a collection of estate art. Tues - Fri 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 9:30 - 5 pm. DARRELL BELL GALLERY 405-105 21 St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 0B3 T. 306-955-5701 info@darrellbellgallery.com www.darrellbellgallery.com Exhibiting contemporary Canadian art with an emphasis on professional Saskatchewan artists, including David Alexander, Darrell Bell, Lee Brady, Megan Courtney Broner, Inger deCoursey, Kaija Sanelma Harris, Hans Herold, Ian Rawlinson and various Inuit artists. Media include painting, sculpture, textiles, jewellery, glass and ceramics. Rotating solo and group shows year-round. Tues to Sat noon - 4 pm or by appointment. ROUGE GALLERY 200-245 3 Ave S, Saskatoon, SK S7K 1M4 T. 306-955-8882 wandau@rougegallery.ca www.rougegallery.ca Now located in the Glengarry Building in the heart of downtown. Rouge Gallery is dedicated to the presentation and promotion of emerging as well as established Canadian artists. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat noon - 5 pm. Public Gallery MENDEL ART GALLERY 950 Spadina Cres E, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8 T. 306-975-7610 F. 306-975-7670 mendel@mendel.ca www.mendel.ca Overlooking the South Saskatchewan River, the Mendel Art Gallery has been Saskatoon’s premier destination for contemporary and historical art since it opened in 1964. The Mendel has Saskatchewan’s largest permanent collection in the public trust, with more than 7,500 works. The gallery has four annual exhibition periods, and is open 9 am 9 pm daily except Christmas Day. Admission free. SWIFT CURRENT Public Gallery ART GALLERY OF SWIFT CURRENT 411 Herbert St E, Swift Current, SK S9H 1M5 T. 306-778-2736 F. 306-773-8769 k.houghtaling@swiftcurrent.ca www.artgalleryofswiftcurrent.org AGSC is a public art gallery featuring exhibitions of regional, provincial, and national works of visual art. Contact the gallery to arrange guided tours.


See something to think aboutâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; visit your public art gallery. Mon to Wed 1 - 5 pm and 7 - 9 pm, Thurs to Sun 1 - 5 pm. Closed between exhibitions, statutory holidays, and Sundays in Jul and Aug. Admission free.

MANITOBA GALLERIES BRANDON Public Gallery ART GALLERY OF SOUTHWESTERN MANITOBA 710 Rosser Ave, Suite 2, Brandon, MB R7A 0K9 T. 204-727-1036 F. 204-726-8139 director.agsm@mts.net www.agsm.ca Tracing its roots back to 1890, the galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to lead in visual art production, presentation, promotion and education in western Manitoba. Its focus is on contemporary art while respecting local heritage and culture. Mon to Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Thurs till 9 pm. GIMLI Commercial Gallery MERMAIDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S KISS GALLERY PO Box 509, 85 Fourth Ave, Gimli, MB R0C 1B0 T. 204-642-7453 lakemail@mts.net www.mermaidskissgallery.com Just an hourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scenic drive north from Winnipeg the gallery presents an eclectic mix of original art in painting, pottery, photography, raku, fibre and jewellery. Established and emerging artists take their inspiration from the lake and surrounding areas. Also offering archival giclĂŠe printing, photo restoration, certified custom conservation framing. Mon, Thur to Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun noon - 4 pm. PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE Public Gallery PORTAGE & DISTRICT ARTS CENTRE GALLERY & GIFT SHOP 11 2 St NE, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 1R8 T. 204-239-6029 pdac@mts.net www.portageartscentre.ca The gallery features a schedule of diverse exhibitions showcasing the works of local, regional and national artists. The gift shop offers art supplies as well as a mix of original art including pottery, stained glass, photography, wood turning, books and paintings by local and regional artists. Located within the William Glesby Centre. Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm. GREATER WINNIPEG Commercial Galleries BIRCHWOOD ART GALLERY 6-1170 Taylor Ave, Grant Park Festival, Winnipeg, MB R3M 3Z4 T. 204-888-5840 F. 204-888-5604 Toll Free: 1-800-822-5840 info@birchwoodartgallery.com www.birchwoodartgallery.com Specializing in originals, prints, sculptures and bronzes, featuring a large selection of Manitoba and international artists. They also provide conservation custom framing, art restoration and cleaning, and home and office art consultation. Original commissions available on request. Mon to Thurs 10 am - 6 pm, Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 4 pm or by appointment. GUREVICH FINE ART 200-62 Albert St, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1E9 T. 204-488-0662 Toll Free: 1-888-488-0662 info@gurevichfineart.com www.gurevichfineart.com Gurevich Fine Art represents contemporary painting, photography, prints and sculpture. They provide art consulting and framing services. Mon to Sat 11 am - 5 pm, Thurs, Fri till 6 pm or by appointment. LOCH GALLERY 306 St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Road, Winnipeg, MB R2H 1J8 T. 204-235-1033 F. 204-235-1036 info@lochgallery.com www.lochgallery.com Established in 1972, the Loch Gallery specializes in building collections of quality Canadian, American, British and European paintings and sculpture. It represents original 19th and 20th century artwork of collectable and historic interest, as well as a se-


lect group of gifted professional artists from across Canada including Ivan Eyre, Leo Mol, Peter Sawatzky, Anna Wiechec, Philip Craig and Carol Stewart. Mon to Fri 9 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 9 am - 5 pm. MAYBERRY FINE ART 212 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0S3 T. 204-255-5690 bill@mayberryfineart.com www.mayberryfineart.com Located in Winnipegâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic Exchange District, the gallery represents a select group of gifted Canadian artists including Joe Fafard, Wanda Koop, John MacDonald and Robert Genn. With over 30 years experience, they also specialize in historic Canadian and European works of collectible interest. Regular exhibitions feature important early Canadian art as well as gallery artists. Tues to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm. PULSE GALLERY 25 Forks Market Rd (Johnston Terminal), Winnipeg, MB R3C 4S8 T. 204-957-7140 thepulsegallery@gmail.com www.pulsegallery.ca Located in the historic Johnston Terminal at the Forks Development in the heart of Winnipeg, Pulse Gallery showcases the diversity of Manitobaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talented artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; with a modern twist. Colour is the star in this gallery. Art can stimulate; art can inspire; art can ignite. Daily 11 am - 6 pm. WAYNE ARTHUR GALLERY 186 Provencher Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R2H 0G3 T. 204-477-5249 www.waynearthurgallery.com Artist Wayne Arthur and wife Bev Morton opened the Wayne Arthur Sculpture & Craft Gallery in 1995. After Wayne passed away, Bev moved the gallery to Winnipeg and together with new husband, Robert MacLellan, has run the Wayne Arthur Gallery since 2002. Some of Wayneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drawings are available for purchase as well as the creations of more than 60 Manitoba artists, working in painting, print-making, mixed media, sculpture, pottery, jewellery, glass and photography. Tues to Sat 11 am - 5 pm. WOODLANDS GALLERY 535 Academy Road, Winnipeg, MB R3N 0E2 T. 204-947-0700 info@woodlandsgallery.com www.woodlandsgallery.com Located among the boutiques and restaurants of Academy Road, Woodlands Gallery represents an engaging selection of contemporary works by emerging and established Canadian artists. In addition to original paintings, the gallery offers handmade jewellery, ceramics, blown glass and monoprints as well as professional custom framing. Tues to Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm. Cooperative Galleries GWEN FOX GALLERY 101-250 Manitoba Ave, Selkirk, MB R1A 0Y5 T. 204-482-4359 gwenfoxg@mts.net www.gwenfoxgallery.com Built in 1907 and twice rescued from demolition, the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;old Post Officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is now the Selkirk Community Arts Centre and home to the Gwen Fox Gallery witn over 100 members. The gallery exibits the works of individual members monthly through the year with June and September reserved for member group shows. Tues to Sat 11 am - 4 pm. MEDEA GALLERY 132 Osborne St in The Village, Winnipeg, MB R3L 1Y3 T. 204-453-1115 medea@mts.net www.medeagallery.ca This artist-run cooperative was established in 1976, and features traditional and contemporary original fine art by Manitoba artists, including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, mixed media, intaglio and serigraph prints, ceramics, sculpture and photography. Rental plan and gift certificates available. Open Mon to Sat 10:30 am - 5 pm, Sun 1 pm 4pm. Public Gallery WINNIPEG ART GALLERY 300 Memorial Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R3C 1V1 T. 204-786-6641 communications@wag.ca www.wag.ca Manitobaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premiere public gallery founded in 1912, has nine galleries of contemporary and historical art with an emphasis on work by Manitoba artists. Rooftop restaurant, gift shop. Tues to Sun 11 am - 5 pm, Thurs til 9 pm.

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KAMILA & NEL ART GALLERY 768 Menawood Pl, Victoria, BC V8Y 2Z6 T. 250-294-5711 NelKwiatkowska@Picture2Portrait.net www.Picture2Portrait.net Interested in commissioning an experienced and internationally-recognized artist to create an ageless fine art gift? Portraits, architecture, animals, landscapes and any other subject of interest to you could be captured and transformed in a creative way. Paintings can be done from photos or a session arranged at the studio. Now located in Victoria. SWIRL FINE ART & DESIGN Calgary, AB T. 403-266-5337 tracy@swirlfineart.com www.tracyproctor.com Founder Tracy Proctor is an established artist specializing in the encaustic medium. She teaches encaustic workshops at her Calgary studio, hosts corporate team building events and shows in exhibits throughout Alberta. For more information, or to book an event, visit her on-line gallery.


BA, P.ENG, MA (ARCHITECTURE) 403.240.2020 htataryn @ sothebysrealty.ca halynatataryn.com

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HODGINS ART AUCTIONS LTD 5240 1A St SE, Calgary, AB T2H 1J1 T. 403-252-4362 F. 403-259-3682 kevin.king@hodginsauction.com www.hodginsauction.com Hodgins is one of western Canada’s largest and longest running auction companies dedicated to quality fine art. They hold catalogued auctions of Canadian and international fine art every May and November. In addition, appraisal services are offered for estate settlement, insurance, matrimonial division and other purposes. Individual and corporate consignments of artworks for sale are always welcome.


VEVEX CORPORATION 955 East Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1R9 T. 604-254-1002 F. 866-883-3899 info@vevex.com www.vevex.com Vevex produces made-to-order crates for shipping and storing fine art. Computer-generated estimates and engineered manufacturing ensure fast quotes and prompt delivery. A range of designs offers choice for commercial, collector and institutional needs. Certified for worldwide export. Supplier of museum-quality crates to the Vancouver Art Gallery.


THE ART OF BRANDY SATURLEY AT CANADA’S SPORTS HALL OF FAME Victoria, BC T. 250-483-5032 art@brandysaturley.com www.brandysaturley.com This Victoria-born artist paints contemporary, imagined landscapes and reflections on Canadian stereotype and pop culture. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the USA and France. August 2012 marked the beginning of a limited engagement with Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary, where her homage piece to hockey great Ken Dryden will be on display.

ATLANTIS FINE FRAMING STUDIO & GALLERY 4515 Manhattan Rd SE, Calgary, AB T2G 4B3 T. 403-258-0075 F. 403-259-4211 info@atlantisframing.com www.atlantisframing.com At Atlantis, artwork, textiles and collectibles receive the skilful design choices they deserve. Top quality products are offered in a large selection of custom frames and ready-mades. The gallery space shows work from local and regional artists and the new, larger location also includes art supplies, art classes and workshops. Mon to Fri 9 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm.


FRAMED ON FIFTH 1207 5 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2N 0S1 T. 403-244-3688 info@framedonfifth.com www.framedonfifth.com Owner Hannah White is an experienced custom picture framer— and an artist in her own right. Her specialized frame shop offers original art framing at reasonable prices for artists, collectors and the general public. Located in eclectic Kensington with ample on-street parking. Tues to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm.

14TH ANNUAL LACOMBE ART EXHIBIT AND SALE, APRIL 19 - 21. 2013 Lacombe Memorial Centre, 5214 50 Ave, Lacombe, AB T. 403-782-1258 recreation@lacombe.ca www.lacombe.ca/index.php?option=com_co ntent&task=view&id=695&Itemid=183 This juried show is a landmark on the Central Alberta arts scene showcasing exciting and creative works from over 70 artists. Feature artist is Norma Barsness. Artists are encouraged to download the ìCALL TO ENTRYî form on the website before March 1, 2013 to participate. Fri 1 pm - 8 pm; Sat 11 am - 5 pm; Sun 11 am - 4 pm. Opening wine and cheese reception: Fri, April 19, 5 pm - 7 pm.



Art Tours GALLERY WALK OF EDMONTON April 20 and 21, 2013, Edmonton, AB art@westendgalleryltd.com www.gallery-walk.com The first gallery walk of its kind in Canada was formed in 1981 to promote both art and artists of merit within the community, focusing especially on work by Canadian artists. The eight member galleries are easily accessible within a nine block walking distance. There are two self-guided events presented per year. Unique exhibitions are planned for gallery walks. Details on website.


EMOTESART Winnipeg, MB T. 204-294-6324 jacqueline@emotesart.com www.emotesart.com Representing select contemporary Canadian artists including Shirley Elias and Victoria Block.

JARVIS HALL FINE FRAMES 617 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E1 T. 403-206-9942 jarvis@jhff.ca www.jhff.ca Jarvis Hall Fine Frames is a full service frame shop offering all levels of custom framing from conservation to museum grade. Frames can be chosen from a wide variety of manufacturers or can be designed, carved and gilded by hand. They also offer a variety of gallery frames for artists. Tues to Sat 10 am - 5 pm and by appointment. THE PETERS GALLERY AND FINE ART FRAMING 1225 18 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2M 0W3 T. 403-269-3475 thepetersgallery@shaw.ca www.thepetersgallery.com Clients can feel comfortable with a 20-year veteran in the art and framing industry. Peters offers inspirational framing designs, quality workmanship and on-site consultations. Fine art leasing is also available with art suitable to individual office decor and budget, presented by a knowledgeable, results-oriented consultant who can work with the designated space and budget. Wed and Thurs 10 am - 5 pm, Sat 9 am - 1 pm.




info@onthelevelart.ca www.onthelevelart.ca A fully insured, full service fine arts handling company with 24 years experience providing consulting, design and installation service throughout western Canada.


ART-MASTERS.NET DIGITAL ART INC 1608 29 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 1M5 T. 403-229-2953 info@art-masters.net www.art-masters.net Specializing in professional, archival, custom giclée printing for more than 15 years with complete inhouse service, they cater to over 400 discriminating artists, galleries, and art publishers locally and around the world. Expertise in colour correction creates the rich colours, textures and high definition of original artwork, and printing is done with special UV inhibiting inks (200 years) and varnishes.


SERIES 2013 SUMMER ART SCHOOL Red Deer College, 100 College Blvd, PO Box 5005, Red Deer, AB T4N 5H5 T. 403-342-3130 Toll Free: 1-888-886-2787 marla.lowe@rdc.ab.ca www.rdc.ab.ca/continuingeducation Painting, drawing, jewellery, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, woodworking, glass art, mixed media and more Ö. whatever one’s passion, it’s an opportunity to spend a week this summer lost in art. World-renowned instructors— first-rate facilities. Courses for all skill levels. May through August 2013. Catalogues available online now.


ARMSTRONG FINE ART SERVICES LTD. 630 Secretariat Court, Mississauga, ON L5S 2A5 T. 905-670-3600 F. 905-670-0764 Toll Free: 1-866-670-3600 art@shipfineart.com www.shipfineart.com Armstrong Fine Art Services Ltd. is part of the Armstrong Group of Companies, with over 40 years of professional experience in packing, crating, storing and shipping fine art, antiques and antiquities across Canada and around the world. They have the people, services and facilities to assure the handling of a single piece of art, or an entire collection. Email for details about their cross-country and inter-USA shuttles.


LEVIS FINE ART AUCTIONS, APPRAISALS & ART STORAGE 1739 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 0K1 T. 403-541-9099 mail@levisauctions.com www.levisauctions.com From a single item to a complete collection, Levis can safely store artwork. The company offers professional and knowledgeable staff, a safe and confidential environment, a thorough security system, controlled temperature and constant on-site presence. Costs are based on a rate of $10.00 per cubic foot per month. For larger collections volume rates are available.


ARTISTS EMPORIUM 1610 St James St, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0L2 T. 204-772-2421 artists@artistsemporium.net www.artistsemporium.net A Canadian based company supplying highest quality products since 1977 with over 100,000 items offered in a 12,000 square feet retail space. The fun-friendly atmosphere extends from the free Saturday morning art classes, through the extensive art library and spinning the roulette wheel at their annual Artists Open House. They are committed to maintaining a high level of inventory at competitive prices while continually expanding product lines. Mon to Thur 9 am - 6 pm, Fri til 9 pm, Sat 9 am - 6 pm, Sun noon - 4 pm. CLASSIC GALLERY FRAMING INC 3376 Sexsmith Road, Kelowna, BC V1X 7S5 T. 250-765-6116 F. 250-765-6117 Toll Free: 1-800-892-8855 info@classicgalleryframing.com www.classicgalleryframing.com High quality mouldings, liners and liner profiles are produced by utilizing the most efficient manufacturing processes combined with the care and detail that comes with creating handcrafted products. All steps of production are done inside their factory. The full range of products may be previewed online and are available through most fine art dealers and framers.


INGLEWOOD ART SUPPLIES 1006 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0S7 T. 403-265-8961 inglart@telusplanet.net www.inglewoodart.com Store claims best selection and prices in Calgary on pre-stretched canvas and canvas on the roll. Golden Acrylics and Mediums with everyday prices below retail. Volume discounts on the complete selection of Stevenson Oils, Acrylics and Mediums. Other name-brand materials, brushes, drawing supplies, easels, an extensive selection of paper and more. Mon to Fri 9 am - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun noon - 5 pm. KENSINGTON ART SUPPLY 130 10 St NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1V3 T. 403-283-2288 info@kensingtonartsupply.com www.kensingtonartsupply.com Now in a new, bigger space featuring an expanded selection of quality fine art supplies including more paints, brushes, easels, paper and canvas. Also carry over 500 titles of art instruction books, encaustic paints, and an enhanced airbrush section. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Art classes next door. Discounts available. Mon to Thurs 10 am - 8 pm, Fri, Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun & Hol 11 am - 5 pm.

Auction - May 27 & 28

MONA LISA ARTISTS’ MATERIALS 1518 7 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1A7 T. 403-228-3618 monalisa@nucleus.com www.monalisa-artmat.com Welcome to one of Western Canada’s largest fine art supply retailers. Established in 1959, Mona Lisa provides excellent customer service combined with a broad spectrum of products and technical knowledge. Clients from beginner to professional, find everything they need to achieve their artistic goals. Volume discounts and full-time student and senior discounts available. Mon - Fri 8 am - 5:30 pm, Sat 9 am - 5 pm. OPUS FRAMING & ART SUPPLIES T. 604-435-9991 F. 604-435-9941 Toll Free: 1-800-663-6953 info@opusframing.com www.opusframing.com Opus has stores in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, North Vancouver, and Langley, plus online shopping and mail order service. They offer an extensive selection of fine art materials and quality framing supplies. Check them out online, or drop by for some inspiration. They also produce an e-newsletter full of sales, art news and articles, and provide ëhow to’ handouts and artist demos. Western Canada’s favourite artists’ resource. SKETCH ARTIST SUPPLIES (FORMERLY STUDIO TODOROVIC) 1713 - 2 St NW, Calgary, AB T2M 2W4 T. 403-450-1917 sales@sketchcalgary.ca www.sketchcalgary.ca Sketch offers framing and carries Copic sketch markers (full selection), sketchbooks, J. Herbin calligraphy inks, Brause nibs, Faber-Castell products, Moleskine, Rhodia, Golden acrylics & mediums, M. Graham oils & watercolours, Gotrick canvas and more. Student and senior discounts. Just north of TransCanada in Mount Pleasant opposite Balmoral School. Free parking. Mon to Fri 10 am - 6 pm, Sat 11 am - 6 pm. THE GALLERY/ART PLACEMENT INC. 228 3 Ave S (back lane entrance), Saskatoon, SK S7K 1L9 T. 306-664-3931 supplies@artplacement.com www.artplacement.com Professional artists, University art students, art educators and weekend artists rely on The Gallery/Art Placement’s art supply store for fine quality materials and equipment at reasonable prices. A constantly expanding range of materials from acrylics, oils and watercolours, to canvas, brushes, specialty paper, soapstone and accessories. Tues to Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm.


SOTHEBY’S CANADA T. 306-664-3931 SUPPLIES@ARTPLACEMENT.COM www.artplacement.com Professional artists, University art students, art educators and weekend artists rely on The Gallery/Art Placement’s art supply store for fine quality materials and equipment at reasonable prices. A constantly expanding range of materials from acrylics, oils and watercolours, to canvas, brushes, specialty paper, soapstone and accessories. Tues to Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm.

Ted Harrison THOSE SNOWMOBILES; 1972 acrylic on board, 14 x 18 in. Estimate: $ 3,000 / 4,000 - Sold for $ 5,500 - Fall 2012

Hilton Hassell NORWEGIAN BAY, EASTERN ARCTIC; 1977 acrylic on board, 12 x 18 in. Estimate: $ 1,500 / 2,000 - Sold for $ 3,400 - Fall 2012

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ew people today have heard of Charles John Collings, but in his time the reclusive British-born painter had a considerable reputation. Vancouver art dealer Uno Langmann, who has collected Collings’ work for 40 years, believes the artist has been sadly overlooked by history. So Langmann is pleased much of his collection is included in the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition, Hope at Dawn: Watercolours by Emily Carr and Charles John Collings, which continues to May 26. While the styles and techniques of the two artists are quite different, both used watercolour to capture spiritually infused impressions of the Canadian landscape. An avid outdoorsman, Collings was already an established, albeit largely self-taught, artist in Britain when he moved Canada in 1910 at age 62 and settled near Shuswap Lake in the B.C. Interior with his wife and two sons. His relative isolation meant he could follow his own creative muse, and he mixed little with the province’s artistic circles. He had only one show in Vancouver and typically sold his work through his London dealer. Collings was heavily influenced by the British watercolour tradition and is remarkable for his technical facility as well as his 66 Galleries West Spring 2013

sensitive explorations of colour. Ian Thom, a curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, notes that Collings was brilliant and individualistic. “What is striking about the work is the almost complete absence of line and Collings’ willingness to exploit the vagaries of colours blending, combined with what is, at times, a steely control of this most unforgiving medium and his highly developed sense of composition.” Indeed, Home in Trees, Canada, an undated work, ably demonstrates Thom’s assertion. Trees and foreground are watery and ethereal, yet pictorial space remains convincing. Like many Collings works, little is known about it – even where it was painted. Collings died at 83 in 1931, and the Depression’s economic hardships may help explain why his work fell from view. Langmann, who has promised a gift of 36 paintings to the Vancouver Art Gallery, says he wants to fulfill a vow he made when he first encountered Collings. “The importance of his work was very undervalued,” says Langmann. “I promised him, within myself, to make sure that I would do something to boost his artistic talent.” – Portia Priegert www.gallerieswest.ca


Charles John Collings, Home in Trees, Canada, no date, watercolour on paper, 5.2" x 7.3" Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Promised Gift of Uno Langmann.

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Galleries West Spring 2013  

Vol 12 No 1 Your link to the visual arts in Western Canada

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Vol 12 No 1 Your link to the visual arts in Western Canada